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.