Judge Judy’s court is only on television. In real court, reaching a just outcome is your job, not the judge’s. You either make your case or lose something valuable — your money, your housing, your kids.
But litigation is an obstacle course, and there are lots of things to trip you up.
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If you’re in court without a lawyer, you’ll need all the help you can get. Take it from Brian Vukadinovich — author of Motion for Justice: I Rest My Case — who recently won a 5-day jury trial against an employer who’d wrongly terminated him:
I have represented myself in various state and federal courts for years and have experienced firsthand just how unfair our system of justice can be against a person who decides to represent himself. The reality is that the system doesn’t like it and will go out of its way to make it very difficult for a pro se to succeed. This is unfair, but sadly, it’s true.
Not long ago a federal judge looked me in the eye and told me just before the trial that I wouldn’t win. The judge did a lot of things during the trial to make it unfair for me, but I did win. The jury sided with me, but the judge went out of his way to make it harder for me simply because I chose to represent myself. A pro se winning a court case is the exception and not the rule, as the system will have a lot of built-in roadblocks against a pro se litigant.
I took the time to watch a recent course produced by Courtroom5 and the great information it gave, and I couldn’t help thinking about how I definitely would have turned to Courtroom5 to help with my case had I known about it while my case was going on. Sadly, many pro se cases get dismissed just because of lack of knowledge on how to proceed, which opposing lawyers capitalize on in getting pro se cases dismissed on technicalities that otherwise could have been avoided.
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