Too often, a pro se litigant starts looking for help only when served with a summary judgment motion by the opposing party’s lawyer. It’s the worst possible time to learn the necessary legal skills, but it need not be fatal to your case. Here are the key steps to take in defeating summary judgment.
Appearing before a judge is one of the biggest challenges for pro se litigants. The judge has the power to kill your case or let it live another day. So, your nerves are taut. You’re not used to this kind of pressure. You’re not a lawyer! How do you get through a hearing? If you follow these tips, court hearings may not be a snap, but they won’t be a mess either.
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.
Don’t you hate it when the opposing lawyer sends you a court order he wrote himself and got the judge to sign? Now you can do the same. Writing a proposed order is easy; getting a judge to sign it is the hard part. But it can be done with a few facts and the right law.
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.
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.
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.
Discovery can be a mind-boggling lineup of requests for admissions, requests for production of documents, requests for interrogatories, depositions, motions to compel, protective orders, and notices. Despite all that, your strategy for discovery is to get as much out of your opponent as you can while holding back as much as the law will allow.
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.
All of us at Courtroom5 enjoy our live chats with pro se litigants. They help us understand the kinds of questions regular people have about litigation. And they remind us why we do what we do. Long days get shorter when you’ve helped someone, especially at no cost to them.
We learn something new from each question. But we also make sure the members of Courtroom5 don’t have questions like these, because they’re able to answer their own questions on their own steam. Better yet, they’re able to do something with the answers. Isn’t it time you joined us?