The right to a jury trial is part of the U.S. Constitution. So why don’t most cases reach a jury? Sure, many cases are settled, and some are frivolous, not worthy of being considered. But there are enough meritorious claims to keep our courthouses busy. Or maybe not, according to the nation’s judges. They are dismissing cases left and right. You won’t believe how few cases reach a jury.
When you represent yourself in court, there are many things to worry about the day before trial. But if you haven’t prepared for trial at this point, it’s probably too late. Here’s a strategy for planning the trial as soon as your case begins. It’s the best way to get a good night’s sleep on the eve of trial.
It will be a long time before Indiana’s Hanover Central High School fires a teacher again without good cause. They just lost a due process case filed by Brian Vukadinovich, a shop teacher they sent packing four years ago. He’s cost them a six-figure damage award, and he did it without a lawyer.
Did you carefully review the contract the last time you rented a car or signed up for an online service? Yeah, me neither. Like most consumers, we assume a square deal in the paperwork of a reputable company. And if not, well there’s always litigation. But think again. Over the last few years, mandatory arbitration clauses have been sneaked into contracts for every conceivable product or service, often hidden in mounds of legalese. Some companies even require religious arbitration of disputes. Both consumers and employees have effectively been locked out of the courthouse when pursuing justice for corporate misdeeds. What can be done?