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CIVIL LITIGATION. WITH ELISABETH MCKECHNIE. Civil Litigation Timeline. Precipitating Event Action Filed Statute of Limitations runs Defendant(s) Answer or Service of Process on file motion Defendant(s) Statute of Limitations begins to run. Civil Litigation Timeline. Case over. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • CIVIL LITIGATIONWITH ELISABETH MCKECHNIE

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07

  • Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009*Civil Litigation Timeline

    Precipitating EventAction Filed Statute of Limitations runs Defendant(s) Answer or Service of Process on file motion Defendant(s)Statute of Limitations begins to run

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009*Civil Litigation Timeline

    Discovery continues:Status Conf. Discovery Trial Post-triali.e. Interrogatories Sent to non-binding cut off Motions orDepositions Arbitration AppealExpert Witnesses hired/deposedAttys further research case

    Case over

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Sample Research QuestionDefendant driver was intoxicated. Plaintiff passenger elected to ride with him knowing that Defendant was drunk. Defendant caused an accident which injured plaintiff. What is the likelihood of a court granting a summary judgment motion in favor of Driver based on assumption of the risk by P?

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009*Types of Research MaterialsGood Examples:Witkin: Summary of California LawLegal Encyclopedia Rutter: Civil Procedure Before TrialPractice Manual

    California Forms of Pleading & PracticeForms Manual

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Where Do You Start?Where Do You start?Issue Spotting:Summary judgment motionrequirementsAssumption of risk in CADriver Duty re Passenger; Passenger Duty Educate Yourself Whats Fastest & Cheapest?Witkin for both issues (BOOK)Rutter--Civil Procedure Before Trial (BOOK)Bancroft/Whitney--CA Civil Practice: Torts (BOOK)California Forms of Pleading & Practice (BOOK)Lexis or Westlaw? NOT YET! Why not?

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Cost Consideration$$ WEXIS--FLAT RATE ISNT FREE PER SEARCH RATE IS PRICEYOveruse Flat Rate this year, next year price goes up.Per Search Rate is pricey if you dont have a strategy.BOOKS ALREADY IN THE LIBRARYare FREEBOOK with a good index is FASTER than a bad keyword searchElisabeth McKechnie, 2009*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Research FormLegal Research Task Form

    Client/Matter Number:________________________________Date Project Received:_______________________________Project Received From:_______________________________Project Due Date:____________________________________Project Format (i.e. e-mail, memo, etc.):______________________________Question/Issues Presented:______________________________________________Jurisdiction: ____________________________________________________________Key Search Terms: __assumption of risk, summary judgment, duty: driver, passengerCost Restraints:_________________________________________________________Amt. of Time Allowed to Spend on Project:____________________________________Number of other projects already pending:____________________________________Any Experts in Firm Who Can Help:_________________________________________List of Sources Ive used (include database names for Lexis/Westlaw):_____________________________________

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Rutter Group Personal Injury HbkElisabeth McKechnie, 2009*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07

  • Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07

  • Elisabeth McKechnie,2009

    *Using Form BooksA Good Form Book has:1. Forms2. Instructions on how to prepare forms.3. Advice on deadlines4. A check-list or timeline5. Discussion of the law pertinent to your form.

    Elisabeth McKechnie,2009

  • CA Forms of Pleading & PracticeElisabeth McKechnie, 2009

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    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Local RulesSummary Judgment3.20 Reserving Hearing Dates.Hearing dates for motions for summary judgment,summary adjudication, judgment on the pleadings,special motions to strike pursuant to Code of CivilProcedure section 425.16, and demurrers must bereserved in advance by telephoning the calendarclerks at (916) 874-7848 (Department 54) or (916)874-7858 (Department 53).(Sac. County Local Rules)(Amended effective 1/1/10)Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

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    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Rules and Deadlines---Local Rules

    If you are the responding party to a Summary Judgment Motion.

    (C) Failure to comply with the requirements ofthis rule concerning filing and serving opposing andreply papers may, in the discretion of the court, bedeemed cause for acting on the matter withoutconsideration of the document filed in violation of therule and cause for imposing sanctions. (Cal. Rules ofCourt, rule 2.30; Code of Civ. Proc., sections 177.5and 575.2.)..(Amended effective 1/1/07)---Sacramento County Local Rule 3.03Filing of Papers

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

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    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Local Rules3.02 Sanctions.Failure to comply with any Local Rule or California Rules of Court may subject the party to sanctions pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 2.30; Code of Civil Procedure sections 177.5, 575.2.

    (Sacramento County Local Rules)

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07

  • Rules and Deadlines-California Rules of Court CALIFORNIA RULES OF COURT 17|131|586|1403|1760 Note California Rules of Court Reorganization Title 1. Rules Applicable to All Courts 7|33 Title 2. Trial Court Rules 9|38|155 Title 3. Civil Rules 21|110|297|398 Title 4. Criminal Rules 7|59|83 Title 5. Family and Juvenile Rules 4|26|183|236 Title 6. [Reserved] Title 7. Probate Rules 23|120 Title 8. Appellate Rules 5|47|199|390 Title 9. Rules on Law Practice, Attorneys, and Judges 6|25|44 Title 10. Judicial Administration Rules 5|38|199|211 Standards of Judicial Administration 10|56 Ethics Standards for Neutral Arbitrators in Contractual Arbitration 17Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

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    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • California Rules of CourtChapter 1. Papers 20 Rule 2.100. Form and format of papers presented for filing in the trial courts Rule 2.101. Use of recycled paper; certification by attorney or party Rule 2.102. One-sided paper Rule 2.103. Quality, color, and size of paper Rule 2.104. Printing; type size Rule 2.105. Type style Rule 2.106. Color of print Rule 2.107. Margins Rule 2.108. Spacing and numbering of lines Rule 2.109. Page numbering Rule 2.110. Footer Rule 2.111. Format of first page Rule 2.112. Separate causes of action, counts, and defenses Rule 2.113. Binding Rule 2.114. Exhibits Rule 2.115. Hole punching (And yes, theres more!)Elisabeth McKechnie,2009*

    Elisabeth McKechnie,2009

  • Problem #2You are asked to examine a complaint recently filed and served on your client. You are to look for defects in the complaint and to suggest affirmative defenses which may be raised.Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

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    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Where to Start? Spot IssuesSpot issues: What are the Causes of Action?Educate yourself about the elements of each Cause of Action.Research any cases/laws cited.Are all the required elements pleaded?Are there any other defects in the Complaint?Statute of Limitations?Problems with Service of Complaint?Any other obvious flaws? Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

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    Elisabeth McKechnie, 2009

  • Resources That Can HelpCalifornia CodesIndex Limitations or Statute of LimitationsCalifornia Affirmative Defenses (West)Causes of Action, 2d (West)[not CA specific]CA Forms of Pleading and Practice (Bender) Answer chapterCEB Action GuideResponding to a Complaint or Cross-Complaint, Evaluating Your OptionsElisabeth McKechnie,2009*

    Elisabeth McKechnie,2009

  • Questions?Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07*

    Elisabeth McKechnie, 6/5/07

    **General outline of litigation---same general milestones for StateIdeal lifespan for a case---1 year from filing of complaint to trial.***Witkin & Rutter discuss substantive law of summary judgment---CA Forms Manual does too, but shorter---Rutter and CA Forms Manual provide forms as well.Know your audience---Dont be afraid to ask questions to clarify what is requested, when its due and in what format.*Relative costs of Lexis vs books.why use books first.Dont flail around in Lexis/Westlaw & run up large billwaste time & $$

    Aside from cost, books are better starting points because:Bad keyword searches, dependent on your ability to come up with the right words, i.e. CHILD.MINOR.INFANTJUVENILE. If you dont know the subject, you dont know the vocabulary.*Keep track of your projects and your deadlines! Attorney may give you something at the last minute (count on it); be as efficient as you can. If you do search online, FIGURE OUT YOUR KEYWORDS BEFORE YOUR FINGERS HIT THE KEYBOARD!!!!*EXAMPLE OF RUTTER INDEX FOR ASSUMPTION OF RISK.

    A good INDEX will give you key words you didnt have before.*CACI INDEX----JURY INSTRUCTIONS USEFUL FOR DEFINITIONS OF ISSUES LIKELY SEEN AT TRIALI.E. STANDARD TORTS AND DEFENSES, CONTRACTS, ETC----Here I found Passenger Duty of CareNothing wrong w/ Witkin or Practice Manual---Jury instructions can generate black letter law and case law faster.*CACI 711-----PASSENGER DUTY IF DRIVER IS IMPAIRED----CHECK SOURCES AND AUTHORITY BELOW (CASES)----NOTE SECONDARY SOURCES LISTED AT THE BOTTOM.

    **If you are preparing a Motion for Summary Jmt---Start with index (online or paper), look up Motion or Notice of Motion and READ explanatory chapter and checklist. Id probably start reading at section 537 for EXPLANATION of Sum Jmt Motion, CHECKLIST, CASES, FILING REQUIREMENTS and FORM---how to PREPA

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