In our earlier post about court calendars, we discussed various types of court calendars and dockets. When using CourtReference to find court calendars and dockets, remember that these are are usually a detailed list of upcoming hearings, with information about the time and location of the hearing and the name of the case or parties; here’s an example from McLean County, IL. Dockets and calendars often include additional details about the case, such as this one from Dane County, WI with a link to each judge’s weekly calendar; each case on the calendar includes a linked case number … Read More
Yes, it does seem like there’s an app for everything. What about court calendars and other case information? Although some courts don’t have that information online, many do – and a few are providing apps to make that same information available on mobile devices.
There are many apps available to track important cases, mostly U.S. Supreme Court cases. There are also many apps that provide access to state and federal laws and court rules. So far, these are commercial products available at the app store, but neither available from nor sanctioned by court systems.
Some appellate-level courts, such as the … Read More
You don’t want to miss your court date; you could lose your case or end up in jail. If you already have a case in progress, your attorney should keep you informed about upcoming important dates in your case. If you don’t have an attorney, the court clerk should tell you when you need to be in court. But what if you don’t get notified? What if you want to know when someone else’s case is scheduled for a hearing or trial? It could be a friend’s case. Or perhaps the drunk driver you’re suing hit someone else too, and … Read More
Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure! It seems that no matter who you are or where you live, foreclosures have become a part of our everyday landscape. In the fallout of bad loans and a deepening economic crisis, an unprecedented amount of Americans now face losing their homes to foreclosure. We see it in newspapers, hear it on the news, and see signs in our neighborhoods. Despite the election of a new President and the intiation of new plans to save homes, foreclosures are still on the rise.
To begin a legal proceeding, the initiating party (plaintiff) must file a pleading called a Summons and Complaint. In that one sentence, there is a lot of legal jargon which many people may not understand the full meaning of. If you are representing yourself in a lawsuit, or if you are just interesting in understanding court document, it is important to start at the beginning.
Starting The Lawsuit
A Pleading is a document that in a legal proceeding which asserts or responds to an allegation, defense, denial, or claim. When a lawsuit is initiated, one party must go to court … Read More