Don’t let a default judgment kill your defense. Whether a default was intentional or unintentional, challenging it is worth a try in any jurisdiction. Just bring along your evidence.
If you had the right tools to succeed in court on your own, you’d file the right documents at the right time, effectively argue your case, and cite appropriate laws. You’d respect but not cower to judges and lawyers, have knowledge and a strategy to implement, use terms like prima facie, subject matter jurisdiction, and res judicata properly, take charge of your case, and fight with confidence.
Litigation can at times feel like a race, especially in the early stages. What you do at any given time can be the difference between finishing first and losing it all. So, when there’s an opportunity, seize it. Winning on failure to prosecute is one of those cool showers after a hard run kinda wins. Don’t miss the experience when the opportunity arises.
When you’ve been sued and can’t afford a lawyer, you don’t want to simply roll over. Still, how do you respond? What do you file? What cases do you need? Unfortunately, there’s no magic wand to bring you the key cases for your set of facts. But, there is a way you can find them on your own. That’s kinda like magic.
A lawyer is not in charge of your pro se case. You are. In fact, reluctance to take charge can land you in deep muck when you don’t object at the right time. This is the lesson learned by a hapless divorced man who pays dearly for not objecting to objectionable interrogatories.
Courtroom5’s pleas to always take a court reporter to court have found major support in the judiciary. The California Supreme Court recently provided a much needed shot in the arm to indigent and moderate income litigants in Jameson v. Desta. Citing access to justice concerns, the court ruled unanimously that indigent litigants are entitled to free court reporters.
Litigation is fluid, and you can file many documents at any stage. However, this list will make you aware of available litigation documents and when they are most commonly filed.
For many pro se litigants, court decisions can be a confusing array of pitfalls and ragged corners. This is especially true when a simple statement or subtle procedural move on your part could have saved your case. So, if you want the best chance to get it right the first time, be aware of these pitfalls your average lawyer won’t experience.