The Rules of Civil Procedure – The Guide to Your Lawsuit

A friend of the website who does a lot of work with people representing themselves mentioned that most people he talks to are absolutely unaware of the rules governing cases and thought we should do an article on that issue.

As it turns out, Lawyer X has written about just that topic in the soon to be released Guerrilla Guide to Defending Yourself Against a Debt Collector and he has agreed to allow us to reprint a small portion of the book dealing with the rules here.

 

The Rules of Civil Procedure

The Rules of Civil Procedure, simply put, set forth the guidelines on how lawsuits work in the court system(s) of that state. They provide instructions on how things should and should not be done and are the building blocks for a lawsuit.  Most of the motions that could be filed, instructions on how trials proceed, and every other topic dealing with the procedures used in a lawsuit will be in these rules.

As we mentioned, these may be named something slightly different in your state. The way to find them is to go to a search engine, such as Google.com, and enter the search terms below (substituting your state name for Florida of course, assuming you don’t live in Florida):

                       Florida “rules of civil procedure”

If you entered that term, then the first result is from the State Bar of Florida and is a PDF containing all of the “Florida Rules of Civil Procedure”.  The second result is shown as the Florida Rules of Court Procedure but when you click on it the result takes you to the same page as the first result. If you were a Defendant being sued in Florida you would want to download this document and start familiarizing yourself with it.

Attempting to handle a lawsuit, even a small one, without a familiarity with the Rules of Civil Procedure would be like someone attempting surgery without either proper tools or any knowledge of anatomy.

A disaster is likely to occur.

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