In 2018, Courtroom5’s blog surpassed the 200th post mark. Throughout the year, we tackled a multitude of topics important to pro se litigants, including access to justice, judicial bias, motion writing, finding cases, and setting hearings. We’ve highlighted lawyer antics, discussed court costs, and helped you distinguish between different motions.
In short, it’s been a productive year. Below, we highlight posts that you found useful and others that stood out for other reasons. They’re all posts a pro se litigant shouldn’t miss. So, enjoy reading–or re-reading–our best blog posts of 2018.
The 5 Most Popular Blog Posts
This award is based on the number of comments on a post. In general, people comment on a post because it moves them or engages them in some way. The 5 posts below did that for people in 2018. The best thing about our posts is that there are very few 1-sentence comments on them. Comments tend to have depth and substance without name calling, which further proves the value of our top 5.
Most Fun Post
This award goes to the post that made us at Courtroom5 laugh most during writing and after posting.
Letting Your Opposing Counsel Know It’s The Other Way
This account of the experiences of a Courtroom5 member will brighten your day. It’s well worth a read. “Lawyers opposing pro se litigants want it to be one way, but sometimes it’s the other way. Few things warm our hearts more than seeing pro se litigants handle bullying tactics from opposing counsel. A Courtroom5 member shared her experience of being bullied by her opponent’s lawyer. The clapback was strong. She made sure he won’t do it again, at least not to her.
Most Researched Post
This award is based on usefulness and the amount of research that went into a blog. The winner below might help a pro se defendant twist that sword a little bit harder.
Best Post Overall
Of all the blog posts we’ve written in 2018, this is the one you should’ve read. Cases are won and lost on the degree to which a litigant understands the requirements for a particular motion or pleading. A well-researched post, the winner below clarifies critical differences between two motions that baffle many pro se litigants.
The Motion To Dismiss Or The Motion For Summary Judgment, Know The Difference
The Motion to Dismiss and the Motion for Summary Judgment both present a chance to end your case, but similarities between the two are few. Arguing one when you should be arguing the other could hand you a loss in court. So know your motion and understand the differences between it and a similar motion.
The best blog posts of 2018 reflect the depth and breadth of issues pro se litigants face regularly. If you don’t see your favorite Courtroom5 post on this list, share yours with us in the comments below.
Happy New Year.