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.
How many citations did the opposing lawyer include in that last filing? Did you study each one and look for conflicting case law to sway the judge back to your view? Or did you assume you couldn’t match the lawyer’s research skills and throw yourself on the mercy of the court? A new study says you shouldn’t be so intimidated by a lawyer’s citations. It turns out lawyers overlook relevant legal authorities all the time. And if you find the authorities they’ve missed, you can run away with your case.
Self-represented civil litigants often find themselves at a disadvantage in court. A number of factors contribute to this, including unfamiliarity with the legal process, lack of training and disdain held by some lawyers and even judges for pro se litigants. Want a fighting chance with the court system? Go into court with a certain demeanor. Some […]