What the difference is between a civil and a criminal lawsuit.

I’m often asked what the difference is between a civil and a criminal lawsuit. In a criminal lawsuit, you have state authorities, public authorities that are bringing a legal action against the perpetrator with the view to punishing the perpetrator, putting that perpetrator potentially in jail or under some other government supervised probation to protect the public and other children.

In a civil lawsuit, that is a proceeding where by the victim is trying to obtain some sort of monetary compensation for the harm that’s been done to them and to try to make them whole in some way for the suffering they’ve incurred since they were a child. That’s the only way we can sort of recover what’s been taken away from us is through some kind of monetary compensation and that’s what the difference is. A civil case is for monetary compensation. It’s brought by a private party, private lawyers and a criminal proceeding is a proceeding brought by the state public authorities to prosecute the wrong doer and put them away.