Represent Yourself in Court: How to Prepare & Try a Winning Case

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Nolo, 2007 - Law - 524 pages
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Prepare and present a winning civil court case!
Written in plain English, "Represent Yourself in Court "breaks down the trial process into easy-to-understand steps so that you can act as your own lawyer -- safely and efficiently. Find out what to say, how to say it, even where to stand when you address the judge and jury.
Armed with these simple but thorough instructions, you'll be well prepared to achieve good results, without the cost of an attorney. Find out how to:
file court papers
handle depositions and interrogatories
comply with courtroom procedures
pick a jury
prepare your evidence and line up witnesses
present your opening statement and closing argument
cross-examine hostile witnesses
understand and apply rules of evidence
locate, hire and effectively use expert witnesses
make and respond to your opponent's objections
get limited help from an attorney as needed
monitor the work of an attorney if you decide to hire one
Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, this book will help you confidently handle a divorce, personal injury case, landlord/tenant dispute, breach of contract, small business dispute or any other civil lawsuit.
The 6th edition is completely updated to include the latest rules and court procedures and more sample documents to help guide you through your case.

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The nuts and bolts of self-representation in court are presented in this detailed, sensible book. The authors describe the legal process from the investigation of the case through the collection of a ... Read full review

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Nolo Press is cool! Unfortunately this book is not about representing oneself in criminal court, but in civil court. I prefer a criminal court self representation manual but none seem available. A book on self representation in criminal trials is definitely needed thus the lack of any is sad. Nolo advises against that which is maybe why they don't have one. Nevertheless, the information in here is often useful for criminal trials, and that is what I used it for. The book although being exceptional was not quite as inviting as the book Criminal Law Handbook written by the same authors. Maybe this is because the two books serve different purposes. Extremely useful, very through, with fab examples and it is easy to write. It is written well, very informative and wonderful!  

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Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of a University Distinguished Teaching Award. His books include Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Andrews & McMeel) and The Criminal Law Handbook (Nolo). He has also published numerous articles in law journals and regularly gives presentations on how law and lawyers are portrayed in film.Sara J. Berman-Barrett is an attorney and professor, and the co-author of The Criminal Law Handbook, also published by Nolo.

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