The vast majority of civil pro se litigants don’t write their own motions and pleadings. They use pre-printed forms instead. Forms are easy to understand and quick to complete. They speed up the judicial process. With forms, clerks spend less time explaining rules. Judges can review information at a glance. Pro se litigants can take shortcuts by using forms. Complete the required sections, and you’re done. Sometimes all you need to do is sign! While litigation documents are more difficult to produce than forms, they give you more control of your case strategy.
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.
When you represent yourself, you can bet your bottom dollar the lawyer on the other side expects an easy victory. This is where bias against pro se litigants pays off. The quickest way to settlement is to defy expectations in court.
Pro se litigants are filling the nation’s courts, met with varying degrees of success, but it’s not always clear what success looks like. I’m not sure it looks any different for those with lawyers, though. You either want to win outright, gain a favorable settlement, or delay the inevitable adverse judgment. More Like This:When The Lawyer Asks […]