Litigation is a process that can be understood by average people like us. Though it’s governed by rules, laws, regulations, and procedures, it’s written in plain English (mostly). Any playbook that lawyers and judges have come from these laws. They “run” the plays well because they’ve dealt with more cases than we have. Since we have just one, we must run the plays on a learn-as-you-go basis. That requires starting with the basics, like understanding the structure or stages, of litigation. And if you need help representing yourself in civil court, it’s time to join Courtroom5.
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.
We can no longer tolerate the decrepit state of civil justice in the United States. But the system cannot fix itself. It’s our system, and we have to take responsibility for fixing it. For the pro se litigant, that starts with wriggling our way out of the special jurisdiction courts set aside for us, and then working collectively to abolish these courts altogether.
Losing a case on appeal is painful, especially when you represent yourself. The judge is an idiot, or biased, usually both. But you assume you’re dealing with professionals on a higher court. When they come back with a decision affirming the lower court, it stings, it bites, it stinks… it happens. Getting a lower court’s […]