Legal Recourse

Definition - What does Legal Recourse mean?

Legal recourse is the series of actions that are available to a person or a business when trying to remedy an action that has had a negative affect on them and that breached a civil law. It can include lawsuits as well as arbitration.

Depending on the type of crime that is committed, the case could be heard in a number of courts, and within each court, there are limits as to what justice can be effected. For instance, in small claims court, there is a maximum amount of $5,000 that can be sued for; anything more than that would have the case heard at a different court.

Justipedia explains Legal Recourse

Legal recourse refers to the cumulative actions that are available to people and businesses within the law.

Depending on whether a person is reliant on contractual recourse or on common law recourse, there are specific regulations that are required to be followed whenever a person pursues legal recourse—the limits of which are defined by law. For example, time limits and monetary limits are common.

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