Civil Lawsuit Basics

This series empowers individuals to handle civil court cases effectively, from preparing and responding to complaints to presenting evidence at trial or enforcing a judgment. The classes will give those who are not represented by a lawyer some of the basic tools needed to exercise their rights.

All classes approved for Court Interpreter Minimum Continuing Education (CIMCE) credit.

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Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to Correct Mistakes & Defaults
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:02 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Mistakes happen in the course of a civil lawsuit. For example, a defendant may fail to respond to a lawsuit within the required time, resulting in a "default," which terminates the rights of the defendant to dispute the allegations. Or, a plaintiff may fail to respond to a defense motion, resulting in dismissal of the lawsuit. In this class, learn how to get back on track by asking a judge to "set aside" (or undo) defaults and other mistakes in California state courts.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to File and Respond to Complaints
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:04 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

A civil lawsuit starts with the filing and service of a written complaint; the defendant must then file an answer or other response. These are called pleadings, and they set the stage for all that comes afterward in the lawsuit. In this class, learn how to prepare, file, serve and respond to civil case pleadings in California state court.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to Make and Oppose Motions
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:06 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

 A motion is how you request that a court order someone to do something in your lawsuit. Motions are made to obtain many types of orders: to postpone a trial to a later date, to modify an order for child support, to get a judgment without going to trial, to get a rehearing or a new trial, or for sanctions when a party breaks the rules (just to name a few). A motion for any of these orders can have a huge impact on your case. This class is intended to give an overview of how motions work in California state court and the rules of procedure that apply to making, filing, serving and opposing motions.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: Subpoenas & RFPs: Getting Documents to Prove Your Case
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023
12:08 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

The process of discovery in a civil lawsuit allows a party to obtain information and documents relevant to the suit. This helps the parties know ahead of time what evidence might be presented at trial, or to resolve the case prior to trial. In this class, learn about subpoenas and requests for production (RFPs) in California state court civil cases, in order to discover written documents and other physical objects you might need to prove your case or defend yourself successfully.

Civil Lawsuit Basics: When, Why & How to Settle a Case
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023
12:10 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

More than 90% of civil cases settle or are dismissed prior to trial, yet most litigants spend very little time thinking about whether or how to settle their cases. Learn when settlement makes sense, what resources and tools are available to you and how to negotiate effectively to get the best possible result without the uncertainty, time, and expense of taking a case all the way to trial.

ON DEMAND: Civil Lawsuit Basics: Motions for Summary Judgment
 Location: LA Law Library - Main Downtown Library
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Aug 5, 2021 - Dec 31, 2023
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
Civil Lawsuit Basics: Enforcing Judgments
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Aug 23, 2021 - Dec 31, 2023
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
ON DEMAND: Civil Lawsuit Basics: Appearing at Trial: Rules and Strategies?
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Aug 11, 2022 - Dec 31, 2025
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
FREE
LIVE ZOOM: Civil Lawsuit Basics: Subpoenas and RFPs: Getting Documents to Prove Your Case
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 13, 2022
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
FREE
IN PERSON: Civil Lawsuit Basics: Appearing at Trial: Rules and Strategies
 Location: LA Law Library - Main Downtown Library
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Oct 27, 2022
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
FREE
LIVE ZOOM: Civil Lawsuit Basics: Enforcing Judgments
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Nov 10, 2022
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
FREE
LIVE ZOOM: Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to File and Respond to a Complaint
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Dec 8, 2022
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
FREE
IN PERSON: Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to Make and Oppose Motions
 Location: LA Law Library - Main Downtown Library
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Dec 22, 2022
12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
FREE

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