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

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Nolo, Oct 1, 2013 - Law - 552 pages
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 Sometimes it makes sense to handle a court case without an attorney. Learn about acting as your own lawyer in Nolo's easy-to-use, plain-English guide, Represent Yourself in Court.


This book 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. Get details on 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're 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.

This edition has been revised with the latest rules and court procedures, and includes updated information on electronic discovery rules and fax filing procedures. Plus, you'll get enhanced materials on court assistance for pro per litigants and an expanded discussion of self-representation in bankruptcy court.
 

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Contents

Starting Your Case
41
Pretrial Procedures
77
Investigating Your Case
97
Settlement
137
Pretrial Motions
151
Proving Your Case at Trial The Plantiffs Perspective
187
Proving Your Case at Trial The Defendants Perspective
203
Selecting the Decision Maker
215
Basic Rules of Evidence
335
Making and Responding to Objections
355
Organizing a Trial Notebook
373
Expert Witnesses
381
When Your Trial Ends Judgments and Appeals
401
Representing Yourself in Family Court
421
Representing Yourself in Bankruptcy Court
467
Help Beyond the Book People Places and Publications
481

Opening Statement
233
Direct Examination
247
CrossExamination
273
Closing Argument
293
Exhibits
313
Glossary
499
Index
515
Online Legal Forms
545
Book Registration and Updates
546
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

 Paul Bergman is a Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a recipient of a University Distinguished Teaching Award. His recent books include Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies (Andrews & McMeel); Trial Advocacy: Inferences, Arguments, Techniques (with Moore and Binder, West Publishing Co.); and Represent Yourself In Court and The Criminal Law Handbook (both with Sara Berman, Nolo). He has also published numerous articles in law journals and regularly gives presentations on how law and lawyers are portrayed in film. His blog on the criminal justice system can be found at The Rap Sheet: Nolo's Criminal Law Blog.


Sara J. Berman is a professor at Concord Law School and co-founder of PASS Bar Review. She is the co-author of Represent Yourself in Court and The Criminal Law Handbook and the author of numerous articles and law course materials.

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