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In a civil case, the person who feels wronged decides whether to bring suit and also decides how much money in damages to seek.

In civil cases, if the defendant is found responsible, the court can enter a judgment for money damages, punitive damages, compensation for lost time/wages/income, and/or reimbursement for certain costs, maybe even specific performance of something to be done that was not done. The court also can issue injunctions against the defendant, and sometimes a court may enter a judgment awarding the plaintiff or the defendant for attorney’s fees. The judge cannot enter a judgment sending the defendant to jail or prison except in unusual cases where the defendant may have violated a court order.

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