Questions tagged [rules-of-court]

Rules of practice and procedure in a court of law. Related tags: process, civil-procedure

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Obtaining an address for servicing notices from my ex landlord

I will be suing my landlord about a week or 2 after I leave, and I am wondering if, from a legal perspective, I can still use the same address for servicing of documents & notices, as on our ...
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Protocol if juror cannot hear or see something clearly

If a sitting juror, or a prospective juror during voir dire, cannot see or hear something clearly, what is the protocol for the juror to alert the court of this? Say something immediately? Raise your ...
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Is it frivolous/inapproptiate to dedicate a court document to a close relative?

It is not uncommon for writers, musicians etc. to dedicate their creative work to someone close or important to them. Court documents are often started with "May it please the Court:" which is not a ...
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Can case law never appealed in a higher court be appealed and overturned?

I will phrase this question in New Zealand legal terms but I am actually interested in any common law jurisdiction or any jurisdiction with adversarial system. Say there is some case law made in the ...
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What kind of documents on a civil case file can be not accessible by the plaintiff?

Say Bob filed a civil lawsuit against Rob. Normally documents that get filed on the case will be served on Bob (and all other parties involved) — submissions, affidavits, judges' minutes etc. I am ...
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When going to court should a plaintiff preemptively refute the other sides defense?

In small claims court, if the plaintiff knows what the defendant will likely say, should the plaintiff address these in the initial application? This makes sense to me because usually someone going to ...
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When going to court is it typical to have multiple related claims?

I know in large legal cases you hear about in the news, the plaintiff usually has multiple torts they accuse the defendant of. For example company A is suing company B for negligence, breach of ...
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When can you no longer submit evidence in a civil case?

I was wondering if there was a point in a civil case where parties are no longer allowed to submit evidence, to my understanding all evidence is submitted at a pretrial, and after that it is ...
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I read this story about a physical assault. How much of it actually makes sense? [duplicate]

I read this story about an assault, and I'm wondering if it adds up or not. So these two guys get into an argument, and it gets really out of hand, causing one of the guys to tackle the other guy and ...
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I just read this story about a lawsuit. Does it make any sense? [closed]

I read a fictional story about this assault/lawsuit, and I'm really stuck on some of the details. I'm trying to figure out if it was actually written correctly or not... So this guy assaulted another ...
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Amount of distance from the Jury?

Having observed many jury trials, it seems that lawyers are only allowed to stand behind the podium or walk around the direct area around the podium (within 2 or 3 feet) while addressing the court. ...
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Does plaintiff need to file affidavit of his own statement of fact?

A pro-se plaintiff in a civil proceeding files a Statement of Claim in which he explains his Causes of Action, refers to attached documents ("Annexures") and contends his points about what the ...
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Can court change case judges as it pleases?

Say a lawsuit has been filed with a court. A judge looks at the case and makes some initial directions (e.g. requests formal written statements, considers case management memoranda filed by the ...
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Opinion Estoppel

As I understand it, estoppel is the notion that once a position is taken (i.e. all swans are white) that another contrary position may not be taken (some swans are black). That being said, counsel ...
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Suing a Cellular Company that Charged Me for Years Without My Knowledge

I am planning to sue a cellular company for charging me (for two phone numbers) for 10 years after a cutoff request. I contacted the company, and they admitted to wrongly charging me but only for one ...
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Why would a party to civil proceeding suggest amicus curiae (counsel assisting the court)?

A defendant in a civil proceeding chooses to play no active part and says they will abide the court's decision. However, they add that because "the Court is left with no active contradictor in the ...
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Is there any case law on counsel perpetrating ruses on witnesses?

This question relates to an earlier question I asked here, but I am looking for a broader answer citing case law. I would like to know if there is any case law relating to the legal limitations on ...
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Can a lawyer subject the court to a (temporarily) ruse for a legitimate purpose?

This question is about the legality of a possible defence tactic that might be used in a criminal trial. It is a variation on things you see in lawyer movies fairly commonly. Suppose that a criminal ...
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Can non-witnesses legally refuse to answer questions from judge?

It appears that a judge in their courtroom can ask anyone any questions. A quick search shows that it is not uncommon for persons refusing to answer judges' questions to be prosecuted for contempt of ...
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Differences between Dismissal with Prejudice, Summary Judgment, Directed Verdict, JMOL, and JNOV?

What (if any) are the particular differences in U.S. courts between dismissal with prejudice, summary judgment, directed verdict, judgment as a matter of law (JMOL), and judgment notwithstanding the ...
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What does a trial for Terrorism look like in France?

I'm a writer, and need help for a book that takes place in Paris. According to the Wikipedia page, the Assize for Terrorism is 'special' and has 9 Judges with a president. There wasn't any further ...
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My attorney dropped me without reason

My attorney dropped me without notification via letter and then filed a withdraw for a worker's comp case. He claims it is irreconcilable differences but I barely talked to him about my case. Actually ...
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Can I ask for disclosure of CCTV to be used in Appeal against Possession order in UK

A district Judge made an unfair and biased possession order to make me homeless despite I provided large volume of evidence such as digitally dated photos, Facebook photos, over than 8 neighbours ...
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Getting courts to reconsider judgment when new evidence crops up

Say a District Court in New Zealand considers a proposed private prosecution and makes a ruling R that it will not go ahead because of insufficient evidence under s26(3)(a) of the Criminal Procedure ...
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Is making my co-tenants sign a contract to pay their share of the bills helpful in court?

I share a house with three other people, and as I was the first to move in, I had to sign up for some of the bills with my name. However, some of my co-tenants are rather slow and unwilling to pay ...
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Will I have to appear in court or another proceeding about a suicide I discovered?

I was riding my bike to work, and found someone lying in the grass on public land (the road verge) not private property. He appears to have died of his own intentional actions. The police were called,...
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How can plaintiff/prosecutor hold the court to account if it intentionally stalls proceeding?

When the ball in court proceedings is on the judge's side, i.e. the judge is taking their time to work out directions/decisions, and it takes too long — what legal recourse does the plaintiff or ...
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What options does a judge have to control an unruly defendant?

If a defendant is unable or unwilling to control himself (in terms of interrupting procedure), what options does a judge have besides physically gagging or taping the mouth shut? Clarification via ...
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Is answering a question you are not sure about under oath perjury?

Suppose I struggle to see at night, but was witness to a crime that took place and have been asked to give testimony. At the stand, I am asked whether I saw the defendant committing the crime, and ...
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Is the law in Indonesia adversarial?

In US, the trial is adversarial. The court works with 3 parties One argue one way (The defendant is very evil and deserve punishment). Another argue another way (the defendant is a saint). Then a ...
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Is trial courtroom layout prescribed by rule or law?

In the United States, in general criminal trial courtrooms, I have always seen the defense positioned furthest from the jury and the witness stand. However, I gather that not only is there no law or ...
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Why do judges use a hammer in court?

In many movies featuring a court scene, the judge is seen pounding a wood hammer on the desk to either silence the court room, or to announce a decision. Why do judges use a hammer? Is it only a ...
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loaded questions in pseudo-legal scenario

How is a loaded question dealt with in a legal, or legalistic, context? Is there particular language which is typically employed, or is there a strategy which is particularly effective? The specific ...
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What is involved (other than financial + evidence aspects) in bringing a private prosecution in the UK?

Suppose a person commits a financial crime in the UK (say theft, insider dealing, false accounting, fraud, or something similar falling squarely within criminal law). For whatever reason there is no ...
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What makes a document translation “court certified” in Massachusetts?

I have an agreement document which I need to translate into English, to be accepted as an exhibit in Massachusetts court. Looking around for certified translation services, there seem to be many that ...
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Courtroom rules of order

Robert's Rules of Order famously provides widely accepted guidelines for conducting formal meetings. Is there an analog for conduct that applies generally or specifically to open sessions of judicial ...
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Chain of Custody

So chain of custody is obviously important, but why? I have seen many articles referring to drugs and one where the murder weapon was handled without gloves. But what about other types of evidence ...
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Warrants and statements under oath

If an arrest warrant is issued does that mean a statement was made under oath? If so if a part of the statement for the arrest warrant is proven false what are the implications? In the case of a ...
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Is it possible to get an out of state “failure to appear” for a felony case dismissed,if you are homeless?

I just need a little more time to make enough money to travel, I can't get a job with a pending felony and don't have family to just give me money, I literally am scrapping to make it out there even ...
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Why are there three truth parts to an oath?

In mathematical logic we have iff: if and only if. As an example of this for my classes I realised that in sworn oaths there are three statements for telling: 1: the truth, 2: the whole truth,...
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Why was Joe Arpaio not given a jury trial?

Joe Arpaio, the former Sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ, was found guilty of criminal contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on July 31, 2017. Apparently Arpaio requested a trial by jury, ...
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How to dismiss (an improperly filed) motion? Objection or a Motion Prior?

I have a hearing coming up where there is a "motion to dismiss" filed by the other party. It is quite apparent the motion has been filed incorrectly (missing very specific paperwork) according to the ...
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Can DNA on drugs be used as evidence even if the drugs weren't in anyone's possession at the time it was found? (Canada)

Can DNA found on drugs be used as evidence in court or is that unconstitutional? DNA can be transferred from different sources so it doesn't necessarily mean the DNA holder has come in direct contact ...
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what prevents defence lawyer from colluding with plaintiff

I realised I don't understand something fundamental about how the legal process works (surely many things, but here is one): Say it is a damages case, and a company is sued for a large amount of ...
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Can a lawyer purposefully be argumentative and immediately withdraw a line of questioning?

In Season 14 Epsiode 3 of Law and Order, SVU (great start, I know), the defendant's lawyer leads an aggressive, argumentative line of reasoning several times when questioning a witness. Immediately ...
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Has the First Amendment been held to include the right to film jurors?

When (in what case) has the First Amendment been held to include the right to film jurors in a court room? I also leave open the possibility that there has been no such holding or even an opposite ...
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What are the standards for binding pleadings? Staples? Paper clips?

When submitting pleadings to a court, normally there are two pieces: a court-provided cover sheet and the pleading itself. What is the normal way to connect these pieces of paper? (1) staple ...
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Does a defendant in a criminal misdemeanor trial have to show up for announcement?

I noticed that for speeding tickets and class C misdemeanors in our county court in Texas, the court will many times schedule an announcement repeatedly. If a defendant shows up for the announcement ...
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How does binding precedent work with juries in trial courts?

How is a jury in a federal trial affected by binding precedent such as that of a SCOTUS decision? If the jury is selected from ordinary people, they obviously are likely to have no familiarity with ...
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What does “procedural defenses” mean?

I have filed a petition with the New York State Review Office, to appeal the decision in my son's special education impartial hearing (using 2016 rules). The process allows for the school district to ...