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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 ...

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Overview

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 
• present an opening statement
• deal with pretrial issues 
• cross-examine hostile witnesses
• handle depositions 
• make and respond to objections
• pick a jury if necessary
• get help from an attorney or 
• discover, obtain and  legal coach
prepare your evidence
• deal with the court clerk and judge
• line up and prepare witnesses

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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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent resource that outlines what's involved in representing yourself in court — from presenting evidence to the rules of cross examination." New Orleans Times-Picayune

"Highly recommended for even modest legal self-help collections." Library Journal

“ Nolo publications…guide people simply through the how, when, where and why of the law.”  The Washington Post

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413319446
  • Publisher: Nolo
  • Publication date: 10/16/2013
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 228,568
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

1. Going It Alone in Court
2. The Courthouse and the Courtroom
3. Starting Your Case
4. Pretrial Procedures
5. Investigating Your Case
6. Settlement
7. Pretrial Motions
8. Proving Your Case at Trial: The Plaintiff’s Perspective
9. Proving Your Case at Trial: The Defendant’s Perspective
10. Selecting the Decision Maker
11. Opening Statement
12. Direct Examination
13. Cross-Examination
14. Closing Argument
15. Exhibits
16. Basic Rules of Evidence
17. Making and Responding to Objections
18. Organizing a Trial Notebook
19. Expert Witnesses
20. When Your Trial Ends: Judgments and Appeals
21. Representing Yourself in Family Court
22. Representing Yourself in Bankruptcy Court
23. Help Beyond the Book: People, Places, and Publications
Glossary
Index

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