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Questions tagged [rules-of-court]

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

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When is the right to retain or return a damge deposit “extinguished”?

I realize this is just for research and I'm not looking for specific advice. I had a dispute resolution hearing with my landlord where he tried to claim damages that my damage deposit could be used to ...
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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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Ways to speed up a divorce?

Situation: One spouse is interested in getting the divorce over with quickly, and the other spouse is interested in going very slowly. The interest in going slowly is because the status quo is much ...
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Is there a statute of limitations for discrepancies in court documents?

I was charged in a plea deal where I was offered a (PC 496) vs (PC 459). I have official court documents to support the these claims. After serving my sentence, I noticed the discrepancy in my ...
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Ex-parte communication between a Judge and Prosecutor - ethical breach or canon violation?

I was the defendant in a case and had the strange feeling that the Judge and Prosecutor were very friendly. After the hearing and verdict (not in my favor) I found online, that while the case was ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...