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Preparing for Court

The information on these pages will assist you in preparing for court, developing a strong case, and gathering evidence.


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The information on these pages will assist you in preparing for Civil court, developing a strong case, and gathering evidence.

  • Legal Definitions

    This page includes legal definitions that are not state-specific. Please note that the definitions of these terms may be different or more specific in your home state.

  • Download Court Forms

    This page includes links to court forms for filing cases. Not all court forms are available online, but you may also find forms from the clerk of court at your local courthouse.

  • Preparing Your Case

    This page provides tips on preparing for your final protection order hearing. Although it is geared towards protection order cases, the general principles may be useful for pro se litigants in other types of cases as well, such as custody cases.

  • Choosing and Working with a Lawyer

    This page provides interview questions and ideas for how to make the most of working with a lawyer.

  • When the Legal System Fails You

    This page provides tips for when the legal system falis you

  • Filing Appeals

    You may have a right to appeal a court order if the judge made an error of law.

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