Tips & Tactics
Your Contempt Power ...
There is power in the pen of a courtroom judge ... power to put people in jail.
If you want to win your lawsuit, you must know how to use this power to control your opponent and his lawyers.
Most people never stop to think about why we go to court. They assume a judgment or other order of the court is all they need, a piece of paper with some writing on it.
By itself, however, that piece of paper is worthless. The power of court judgments and orders is the threat of jail time!
Power in your hands ... once Jurisdictionary shows you how.
Suppose you serve your opponent with a Request for Production seeking documents relevant to your case, and they respond with objections and excuses or no response at all. What can you do?
1st Step: File a Motion to Compel and set it for hearing. Support your motion with a memorandum, showing why the judge should compel production. At the hearing, if you follow Jurisdictionary procedure, the court will enter an Order Compelling Production, giving the other side a set period of time to respond.
2nd Step: If they don't respond within the time set out in the order, file a Motion to Show Cause. This motion explains to the court that your opponent failed and refused to obey its order. Disobeying an order is grounds for contempt. Set your motion for hearing. Judges don't like people disobeying their orders, so the judge will enter an Order giving the other side a much shorter time to obey.
3rd Step: If they don't obey the second order, file a Motion for Contempt and set it for hearing. At the hearing, if your opponent has not yet produced what he was ordered to produce, the judge will probably have him jailed on the spot and kept in jail until the documents are produced.
If he isn't jailed immediately, the judge may give him a few hours to comply before issuing an arrest warrant. I had a morning hearing where the judge ordered my opponent to bring me the papers before 4:00 that afternoon or be jailed. We needed them to prove our case. He brought them. We won.
The goal of every lawsuit is a judgment or other court orders that favor your cause. The power of a judge's pen to order civilian law enforcement officers to take your opponent into custody if he disobeys the court's orders is your power to win!
You can make our American legal system work for you ... once you know how to play your cards the Jurisdictionary way.
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