What is the function of the pleading stage in a civil lawsuit?

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The purpose of pleadings in a civil suit filed with a court is for both parties to the suit to present their positions, and usually include the initial back-and-forth dynamics that are common to civil procedures prior to a trial.  Judges, especially those with a sizable backlog of cases, generally prefer for the parties to a civil suit to negotiate a resolution of the conflict rather than proceed to trial.  That history of pre-trial...

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