It’s easy to make mistakes in your case when you don’t know what to look for, and often you won’t recognize your error until it’s too late to fix it. The sooner you start to manage your case properly, the fewer mistakes you’ll make.
Unfortunately for us, the law is made by lawyers for lawyers, not for regular people. So we should be forgiven for minor mistakes. In fact, there are Supreme Court decisions that instruct judges to forgive minor errors made by people in court without a lawyer. But too few judges understand or follow these laws, so we pay dearly whenever mistakes are made.
Courtroom5’s civil litigation platform contains the tools and training needed to help you avoid the most common mistakes. Not Judge Judy’s Court is a crash course on the litigation process and things to look out for in your case. You’ll see that mistakes fall into two categories — failing to analyze your case at each stage, and failing to do your legal research.
The Counts tool is essential for analyzing your case. You’ll have a bird’s eye view of your entire case, from the elements of claims and defenses to the evidence that proves or disproves them. You’ll use it throughout your case to evaluate the complaint and the motion to dismiss it. You’ll use it to plan your discovery. You’ll determine whether summary judgment is appropriate. You’ll use it to prepare for trial.
A natural complement to analyzing your case is putting your analysis to work. The Introductory Legal Skills course shows you how to implement your decisions, whether it’s writing a motion or serving a discovery request. One of those skills is legal research. There’s no getting around it if you want to manage your case properly.
But legal research is a difficult skill to master. That’s why you’ll want to spend time with the Legal Resources & Authorities course. It’s an in-depth training on the various types of law you’ll need to search, study and cite in your motions throughout your case.
When you’ve learned legal research, you’ll be ready to use the Laws tool. You’ll search for case law to support your position. You’ll find statutes, rules of procedure, rules for judges, everything you need to make the judge rule in your favor each step of the way. The best way to avoid mistakes in your case is to know the law that applies to each step.
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