This book explains each step of the civil litigation process from pre-litigation investigation through trial on the merits to give you the best chance of prevailing in your efforts whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant. Its detailed explanations of the various requirements of the litigation process are supported with detailed checklists that insure you leave nothing to chance as you work through the process and help you avoid the costly mistakes pro se litigants commonly make as they fight their lawsuits.
Whether you are a plaintiff or defendant and whether you decide to employ a lawyer or represent yourself, this book gives you the information you need to make sure that you have the best chance of prevailing as you proceed.
Features:Updated with changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Short, edited cases added to each chapter, with questions,for follow-up discussion on key topics Includes new developments in e-discovery Updated with new techniques for utilizing computerized litigation support systems in preparing cases for trial Updated internet research questions Coverage streamlined throughout Helpful pedagogy includes bold-face terms defined in the margins and in the glossary; numerous examples, charts, checklists, and sample documents; chapter overviews and summaries; and review questions In addition to review questions (including true-false, short answer, and essays, with answers and explanations), the workbook has case scenarios for the student to use in completing assignments for the course and for use by the instructor as case studies in class. The Instructor’s Manual provides answers to the questions posed in the workbook and book, as well as test questions for each chapter with answers and explanations
Florida Practitioner's Guide™: Civil Trial Preparation, Eighth Edition includes new user-friendly formatting, and addresses amended rules, revised statutes, and new case law, including the following:Revised statutes and rules addressing:Admissibility of expert testimonyRequired content of motionsConfidentiality of mediation sessions
New case law addressingSevering or consolidating claims, amending pleadings, and adding punitive damages claim to complaintElectronic discovery, privileged information, and sanctions for failing to comply with discovery ordersBasis for and effect of disqualifying the trial judgeAttorney’s potential liability following withdrawalOffers of settlement, and wisdom and effect of voluntary dismissal
The edition is replete with valuable practice pointers.