Not every self-represented litigant needs a Case Management platform. But when you’re in real litigation — in a knock-down drag-out fight for something valuable — you need to get up to speed, get people to help, and get it together. Tools, training, and community: that’s Courtroom5.
You’ll likely fall back on your TV knowledge the first time you get sued. It won’t be long before you realize you’re out of your depth. You’ll feel confused, overwhelmed and desperate. But once you get your emotions under control, there are really only three things you need to do.
And if you need help representing yourself in civil court, it’s time to join Courtroom5.
One of the major things that separate lawyers and other legal professionals from the average pro se litigant is legal writing. In fact, briefs, motions, memoranda, pleadings, and even notices are critical to success in litigation. In some cases, the bulk of communications with the judge is in writing. How you come across signals to the judge that you’re prepared for court and able to handle the legal issues involved in your case–or not. Check out the dos and don’ts of legal writing.
The degree to which high court fees stop people from pursuing legitimate claims and defenses in court is not known. What is known is that filing and other fees are relatively high. While most people can handle simple one-time fees for documents or copying costs, filing and related fees might influence people’s decisions about going to court. That makes them an access to justice problem.
Don’t you hate it when the opposing lawyer sends you a court order he wrote himself and got the judge to sign? Now you can do the same. Writing a proposed order is easy; getting a judge to sign it is the hard part. But it can be done with a few facts and the right law.
All of us at Courtroom5 enjoy our live chats with pro se litigants. They help us understand the kinds of questions regular people have about litigation. And they remind us why we do what we do. Long days get shorter when you’ve helped someone, especially at no cost to them.
We learn something new from each question. But we also make sure the members of Courtroom5 don’t have questions like these, because they’re able to answer their own questions on their own steam. Better yet, they’re able to do something with the answers. Isn’t it time you joined us?
Analyze your case to create an effective litigation strategy. It’s a process of finding the elements of each claim and defense, and testing them against available facts and evidence. Bonus: It’s not rocket science.