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.
Understanding the litigation process will help you formulate the basic strategies you need to put up an effective fight. These simple strategies are designed to give you an idea of things to look out for at each stage of litigation.
It’s sometimes difficult to explain to a judge how a statute applies to your set of facts. Without cases to make sense of written laws, statutes can just lay there doing nothing to help you. In litigation, your job is to persuade a judge to rule in your favor in hearings and at trial. To do this, you want to fill in the gaps left by the statute.
In today’s episode of Judges Gone Wild, imagine sitting on a jury and being informed by the judge that God has already decided the verdict. Worse yet, imagine being tortured with electric shock in open court during trial. May we have some order in the courts? No, not until appellate procedures become accessible to pro se litigants.
Judicial bias — shown in things like failing to read pro se filings, barring pro se litigants from conducting voir dire, and other antics — leaves much room for reform in federal and state courts. At least that’s the opinion of two experienced pro se litigants who left extensive comments on our recent ‘civil Gideon’ post.
What deadline did the court set in its order requiring the parties to complete discovery? When is your appellate brief or notice of appeal due when you’ve lost your case? Questions like these are answered by the clerk of court, not the judge. It’s rendition time.
Imagine losing a friend — someone you’d dated — to murder. Imagine being arrested for the murder and convicted on a pack of lies, phony evidence, and a defense that never checked your alibi.
Imagine all that happening your senior year in high school. And you’re still in prison 17 years later.
But look! See over there? It’s Rabia Chaudry, your best friend’s big sister, a lawyer come to save your life.
You have a new trial thanks to the millions of people she helped learn of your case. And your freedom is just a few short days away.
You went into the courtroom prepared to make your case, or at least make it to the next hearing. You came out wondering what happened in there. How has the case ended with a judgment against you? The short answer: The judge had decided to kill your case before you even opened your mouth. Forewarned is forearmed.
A California court of appeals saved Detrice Garmon’s civil case against LA County prosecutors, reversing a dismissal. The Illinois supreme court is making Christopher Geiler pay the speeding ticket he’d beaten at trial. Self-represented litigants win and lose their cases every day, but a judge’s decision at trial is often not the last word.
Cases are won and lost on the judge’s rulings before and during trial — whether to strike a claim or defense, whether to permit discovery of certain facts, and so on. When a judge’s ruling makes your case untenable, file an interlocutory appeal to get it reversed.