Earlier, we outlined a recipe for analyzing a case and creating a litigation strategy. The right litigation strategy can help a pro se litigant choose the next step in a case. In this second part, we use a simple slip and fall scenario to test the recipe. Thinking through your own scenario from beginning to end can be the start of a successful experience in court.
If you had the right tools to succeed in court on your own, you’d file the right documents at the right time, effectively argue your case, and cite appropriate laws. You’d respect but not cower to judges and lawyers, have knowledge and a strategy to implement, use terms like prima facie, subject matter jurisdiction, and res judicata properly, take charge of your case, and fight with confidence.
Is there a ‘one size fits all’ process for developing a litigation strategy in a civil case? Probably not, but we can start one for our own cases by answering a few key questions at each step in a case. We outline those questions in this first of a three-part series on analyzing a civil case.
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It’s not that hard to keep your case on its feet. Even when the law and facts aren’t on your side, you don’t have to lose by knockout. Hear these cries for help from your case, and take its advice to get back in the ring and fight.