Posted on January 18, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When considering whether to move for summary judgment or summary adjudication, always assess whether there are better procedures available for narrowing the issues or terminating the litigation. Keep the following chart handy to help you compare summary judgment and adjudication motions with alternative dispositive motions available under California law. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, New Lawyers, Pretrial Matters | Tagged: demurrer, dispositive motions, motion to strike, pretrial motion practice, summary adjudication, summary judgment | 2 Comments »
Posted on January 13, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
The most important concept to remember in organizing your statements to the jury, whether during opening statement or closing argument, is the “rule of primacy”: Jurors tend to believe what they hear first and most frequently. Continue reading
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Posted on January 9, 2017 by Julie Brook, Esq.
When a witness can’t understand or communicate in English, you need to get an interpreter. Evid C §752(a). It’s not as simple as just finding someone who speaks the same language as your witness. But getting the right interpreter is much easier if you follow these four tips. Continue reading
Filed under: Civil Litigation, Discovery, Legal Topics, Litigation Strategy, Trial Strategy | Tagged: court interpreter, deposition, translator, trial, witness | 7 Comments »
Posted on December 21, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Were you able to keep track of the new legislative changes that will affect California civil litigators? Don’t worry, we did and here’s an overview of some of the key statutory changes you need to know about. Continue reading
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Posted on November 7, 2016 by Julie Brook, Esq.
Plaintiff’s counsel always needs to consider whether the cost of litigation to the client is likely to outweigh the gain. Defense counsel needs to do a similar analysis: Consider whether the pros of taking a defendant’s case are outweighed by the cons. Continue reading
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