There are many choices that a plaintiff must make when he or she decides to bring a lawsuit. A number of variables may affect the manner in which a case proceeds, and the judgment in which it ultimately results. One of the most important decisions that must be made at the earliest stages of litigation is that regarding the forum in which the lawsuit will take place. When an individual files a complaint, he or she may have the option to do so in either state court or federal court in certain circumstances. Each forum has unique advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to be informed about both before initiating legal proceedings.