It’s not every day a government employee tells us how they really feel about the people they represent. A Jacksonville, Florida judge blessed the self-represented litigant community recently by proving we’re not crazy when we claim judicial bias. You guessed it: we’re broke, unbalanced, maybe sometimes both. But even when that’s true, we deserve judges who haven’t made up their minds about who we are.
Everyone has a favorite lawyer joke. Strange how the punch line always hinges on a lawyer’s lack of ethics. My greatest of all time is the engineer who goes to hell.
Judicial bias against pro se litigants is so common that it pays to expect it and prepare for it. It’s made a federal appeals court judge mad enough to quit the bench. Good for him! Judge Richard Posner is an ally.
Want to know how to slay in court without a lawyer? We have a workshop by that name. If you represent yourself in court, join our 90-minute workshop on pro se litigation. Guaranteed to change the way you see and manage your case.
When you represent yourself, you can bet your bottom dollar the lawyer on the other side expects an easy victory. This is where bias against pro se litigants pays off. The quickest way to settlement is to defy expectations in court.