[03/04/2012] How to fight a case in a small court
Fighting a legal battle is never easy and every measure of care should be taken to follow the rules. This article will help you prepare ahead before you go into court.
People go to small courts to sort out disputes relating to loans that are not paid on time, wages, damages or disputes relating to various contracts. Usually if the money involved is very small then people go to the small courts to settle disputes.
While fighting cases in small courts you are on your own, there will be no lawyers to take up your case. However you can always consult a lawyer before you step into court; that would actually be a wise thing to do. Fighting a court case is not difficult provided you follow a systematic procedure while gathering all the evidence.
Finding success in small courts totally depends on your luck and how strong your case is. You should take all the preparation in the world as that will give you confidence during the trials. If you are presenting evidence make sure that you have more than one copy. It is standard procedure to share a copy of evidence both written and photographic with the judge. You will have to hand over copies of the evidence to the bailiff, who then presents the evidence to the judge. The bailiff is an authorized person present in the court who ensures there is law and order during trials.
Usually you are required to disclose a copy of your evidence to the other person involved in the lawsuit. Sometimes this is not a good idea, so it is a better idea to present the copies to the judge.
Now you must remember that when you are suing someone make sure that you it is in the same country where the incident took place. Have all your evidence well arranged so that you are ready to present them any moment.
When you are in the process of starting a law suit you should take care to serve everyone. You need to present legal documents to the parties that you are suing .If your dispute is with a company then it is best if you locate an agent who can help you with the serving process.
You may need the assistance of witnesses or may need certain paper records; you will have to ask the court for permission to use them. If you fill out all the necessary documents you can have access to paper records or have witnesses to help you during the case.
Waiting in such courts is like waiting at an airport where you are not allowed to bring drinks, food, camera or knives. You should also be mentally prepared to face delays. If you luck is good you may get called in quickly or you could spend at least 70 minutes in waiting .The best thing is to turn up early so you could use the bathroom. You could bring some magazines that you can read while waiting. While you are waiting you will not be permitted to have a conversation with any other person.
It is important that you turn up well dressed and you should very polite even when the opposition is not. The judge may have a funny way of judging the case as though someone has presented him with some secret evidence.
Before you go to court spend some time and review your case. Always think before you speak and do not say things that never happened. Try to stay calm and do not make the mistake of arguing with the judge as it can ruin your chances of winning.
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