Representing Yourself in Civil Court

Learn about the civil court process from complaints through appeals, and how to represent yourself without an attorney.

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Appeals: How the Court Process Works
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

An appeal is very different from trial court proceedings. There are many misconceptions about how appeals work and what the appellate courts will consider. Learn what an appeal is, the steps to take to appeal a trial court decision and the importance of the concept of harmful, judicial error.

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.

Custody & Child Support: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:14 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues, which can make child custody and support problems daunting. In this class, learn how courts determine who gets child custody, who pays child support and how child support is calculated, plus where to go when you need help or further information. Learning important fundamentals about custody and support can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Divorce & Separation: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:18 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues, which can make dealing with separation and divorce especially difficult. In this class, learn the basics of how divorce and separation work under California family law, including the court process, dividing assets and debts, mediation and settlement options, and where to go for further information and assistance. Learning important legal fundamentals about family law can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Probate & Inheritance: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:20 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Many people can't afford a lawyer to handle their legal issues. When someone dies, the probate process for relatives can be intimidating and difficult, especially when disputes arise. In this class, learn the basics of probate court and the administration of estates and trusts, including how to challenge improper use or waste of estate property, and where to go for further information and assistance. Learning important legal fundamentals about probate can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Small Claims: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Apr 1, 2020 - Jan 1, 2025
12:38 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

Even though the proceedings are simplified, going to small claims court can be intimidating. You have to know certain basic information to win your claim or defend against someone else's. This class provides information you need to go to small claims court with confidence. You will also learn about free resources available to help. Learning important legal fundamentals about small claims court can make your legal journey easier and more successful.

Small Claims Court: An Overview
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 26, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023
08:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
Anatomy of a Civil Lawsuit
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 26, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
08:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
Probate & Inheritance: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 26, 2020 - Jan 1, 2026
08:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
How to Access Court Records
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 26, 2020 - Dec 31, 2023
08:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
Writs: How to Challenge Government Agency Decisions
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 27, 2020 - Dec 31, 2025
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
Your Day in Court: Appearing Before a Judge
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 28, 2020 - Jan 1, 2023
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
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: Anatomy of a Civil Lawsuit
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 25, 2021 - Oct 30, 2025
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE
ON DEMAND: Probate & Inheritance: Where You Begin
 Location: LA Law Library - Online Class
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Oct 25, 2021 - Oct 30, 2025
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
FREE

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