California Civil Litigation

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The purpose of this book is to not only introduce the reader to the skills and tools needed to be a paralegal, but also to show how these tools are used within the rules, laws, and guidelines followed in the State of California.show more

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  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 142.2 x 226.1 x 27.9mm | 589.68g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0131148753
  • 9780131148758

Table of contents

PREFACE SECTION 1 1 Introduction to Litigation 1.1 The Rules of Litigation 1.2 Meeting the Potential Client 1.3 Conflicts of Interest (Prof. Cond. Rules 3-300 et seq.) 1.4 Statute of Limitations (CCP 312 et seq.) SECTION 2 2 Organization of the Courts (CCP 85) 2.1 The Superior Court 2.2 Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (CCP 86 et seq.) 2.3 Small Claims Court 3 The Pleading Manager 3.1 The Peculiar Science (CCP 420) 3.2 The Paralegal's Duties 3.3 Compliance with Rules 3.4 Filing with the Court (CCP 392 et seq.) 4 Jurisdiction and Venue (CCP et seq.) 4.1 Definition 4.2 Subject Matter Jurisdiction 4.3 Personal Jurisdiction 4.4 Corporate/Business Jurisdiction 4.5 Real Property Jurisdiction 4.6 In Rem/Quasi In Rem Jurisdiction 5 Venue: Defined 5.1 Determining Venue 6 Admission to the Bar Pro Hac Vice (CRC 983) 6.1 Eligibility for Admission 6.2 Application for Admission SECTION 3 7 The Complaint (CCP 425) 7.1 Divisions of the Complaint (CCP 425.10) 7.2 Drafting the Complaint: The Capacity of the Parties 8 Causes of Action 8.1 Contractual Causes of Action 8.2 Wrongful Death Causes of Action (CCP 377 et seq.) 8.3 Business-Related Torts 9 Amending the Complaint (CCP 471.5) 9.1 Format 9.2 Procedure for Amending the Complaint 9.3 Ex Parte Amendment 9.4 Adding Doe Defendants 9.5 Amendment to Correct an Error (CCP 473 (a)(1)) 10 The Summons (CCP 412.10) 10.1 Contents of the Summons (CCP 412.20) 10.2 Summons Directed to a Corporation (CCP 412.30) SECTION 4 11 Service of Process (CCP 413.10) 11.1 Who May Serve (CCP 414.10) 11.2 Methods of Service 11.3 Special Circumstances 11.4 Other Methods of Service 11.5 Out-of-State Service 12 Proof of Service (CCP 417.10) 12.1 Personal Service 12.2 Substitute Service on an Individual 12.3 Service by Acknowledgment 12.4 Service by Publication 12.5 Service Outside of the State 13 Service of Pleadings 13.1 Personal Service (CCP 1011) 13.2 Service by Mail (CCP 1012, 1013) 14 Calendaring the Response SECTION 5 15 The Answer (CCP 431.10) 15.1 Definition 15.2 General Denial (CCP 431.40) 15.3 Response to the Allegations 15.4 Affirmative Defenses 15.5 Contractual Affirmative Defenses 15.6 Tort Affirmative Defenses 16 Cross-Complain (CCP 426.10) 16.1 Definition 16.2 Procedure 16.3 Service 17 Joinder 17.1 Definition 17.2 When Available to Plaintiffs (CCP 378) 17.3 When Available to Defendants (CCP 379) 17.4 Notes to Joinder 18 Motion to Strike/Demurrer 18.1 Special Grounds for a Demurrer to a Complaint (CCP 430.20) 18.2 General Grounds for a Demurrer to a Complaint (CCP 430.20) 18.3 Demurrer to an Answer (CCP 430.10) 18.4 Deadline for Filing (CCP 430.30) 18.5 Ruling on the Motion (CCP 472a) 19 Motion to Dismiss (CCP 418.10) 20 Pleadings in Limited Civil Cases (CCP 91 et seq.) 20.1 Limit of Filings 20.2 The Case Questionnaire (CCP 93(a)) SECTION 6 21 Motion Practice 21.1 Definition 21.2 Points Common to All Motions 21.3 Parts of the Motion 21.4 Opposition to the Motion 21.5 Reply Brief 21.6 Joinder on a Motion 21.7 Preparing the Order 21.8 Motion for Reconsideration (CCP 1008) 22 Declaration: Definition 22.1 Contents of the Declaration 22.2 Evidentiary Content of the Declaration 22.3 Electronically Transmitted Declarations 22.4 Expert Witness Declaration 22.5 Challenging the Declaration 23 Managing the Motion Practice 23.1 Preliminary Steps 23.2 Cite-Checking the Brief 23.3 Preparing the Tables 23.4 Filing the Brief 23.5 Hearing Books SECTION 7 24 Default and Default Judgment (CCP 585) 24.1 Definition 24.2 Entry of Default 24.3 Entry of Default Judgment 24.4 Relief from Default (CCP 473 (b)) 25 Dismissal (CCP 581) 25.1 Definition 25.2 Methods of Dismissal 25.3 When Dismissal is Not Appropriate 26 Summary Judgment/Summary Adjudication (CCP 437) 26.1 Definition 26.2 Timing 26.3 Service of the Motion 26.4 Contents of the Motion 26.5 Determining the Motion 26.6 Ruling on the Motion 27 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (CCP 438) 27.1 Definition 27.2 Grounds for the Motion 27.3 Timing of the Motion 27.4 Ruling on the Motion 28 Arbitration 28.1 Definition (CCP 1280 et seq.) 28.2 Types of Arbitration 28.3 Referral to Arbitration 28.4 Petition to Arbitrate 28.5 Conduct of the Arbitration 28.6 The Arbitrator 28.7 Discovery in the Arbitration 28.8 Arbitration Award (CCP 1283.4) 28.9 Correcting the Arbitration (CCP 1284) 28.10 Payment for the Arbitration 28.11 Confirmation of the Arbitration (CCP 1285) 28.12 Contents of the Petition 28.13 Response to the Petition 28.14 Vacating the Aware 29 Judicial Arbitration 29.1 Judicial Arbitration/Definition (CCP 1141.10) 29.2 Mandatory Assignment to Judicial Arbitration (CCP 1141.11) 29.3 Cases Exempt from Judicial Arbitration (CRC 1600.5) 29.4 Case Questionnaires 29.5 Optional Assignment to Arbitration (CCP 1141.12) 29.6 Assignment Conference (CCP 1141.16) 29.7 Notes on Arbitration 29.8 Assignment of Arbitrators (CCP 1141.18) 29.9 Method of Assignment (CRC 1605) 29.10 Disqualification of the Arbitrator (CRC 1606) 29.11 Notes on the Conduct of Judicial Arbitration 29.12 Arbitration Hearings (CRC 1611) 29.13 Discovery (CRC 1612) 29.14 Rules of Evidence at Hearing (CRC 1613) 29.15 Conduct of the Hearing (CRC 1614) 29.16 Arbitration Award (CCP 1141.23) 29.17 Election of a Trial de Novo 29.18 Award at the Trail de Novo (CCP 1141.21) 29.19 Discovery Before the Trial de Novo (CCP 1141.24) 30 Mediation 30.1 The Mediator 30.2 The Goals of the Mediation SECTION 8 31 Attachment 31.1 Situations Where Attachment is Available (CCP 483.010) 31.2 Amount that May be Subject to Attachment (CCP 483.015) 31.3 Procedure for Obtaining the Writ (CCP 484.010) 31.4 Opposing the Issuance of the Writ (CCP 484.060) 31.5 Hearing on the Motion (CCP 484.080) 31.6 Property Subject to Attachment (CCP 487.010) 31.7 Property Exempt from Attachment 32 Claim and Deliver 32.1 Definition 32.2 Obtaining a Claim and Delivery Order 32.3 Opposing the Request for Claim and Delivery 32.4 Hearing on the Motion 32.5 Court Deposit (CCP 572) 33 Injunctive Relief (CCP 525) 33.1 When Available (CCP 526) 33.2 When Not Available 33.3 Classification of Injunctions by Duration 33.4 Requirements for Issuance of Injunction 34 Interpleader (CCP 386) 34.1 Availability of the Procedure 35 Lis Pendens (CCP 405) 35.1 Procedure for Obtaining a Lis Pendens 35.2 Removing a Lis Pendens 36 Appointment of a Receiver SECTION 9 37 Introduction to Discovery 37.1 What Information May Be Discovered (CCP 2016) 37.2 Methods of Discovery (CCP 2019) 37.3 Discovery Motion 37.4 Time Limits on Discovery (CCP 2024) 38 Deposition (CCP 2025) 38.1 General Rules of Deposition 38.2 Notice of Deposition (CCP 2025(c)) 38.3 Timing of the Deposition Notice (CCP 2025(b)) 38.4 Location of the Deposition (CCP 2025(e)) 38.5 Timing of the Deposition (CCP 2025(f)) 38.6 Objecting to the Deposition Notice 38.7 Production of Documents at the Deposition (CCP 2025(h)) 38.8 Failure to Hold the Deposition (CCP 2025(j)) 38.9 Conduct of the Deposition 38.10 Transcription of the Deposition (CCP 2025(p)) 38.11 Recording of the Deposition 38.12 Correcting the Written Transcript (CCP 2025(q)) 38.13 Correcting the Taped Transcript (CCP 2025(q)) 38.14 Single Deposition Rule (CCP 2025(t)) 38.15 Motion to Compel (CCP 2025(o)) 38.16 Out-of-State Deposition (CCP 2026) 38.17 Deposition in a Foreign Nation (CCP 2027) 38.18 Deposition by Written Questions (CCP 2028) 38.19 Deposition in California for an Out-of-State Case (CCP 2029) 38.20 Stipulations to Change Deposition Procedure (CCP 2021) 39 Deposition of Nonparty (CCP 2020(a)) 39.1 Preparation of the Subpoena (CCP 2020(b)) 39.2 Service of the Subpoena (CCP 2020(f)) 39.3 Payment of Witness Fees (CCP 2020(g)) 39.4 Disobedience of a Subpoena (CCP 2020(h)) 39.5 Changes in Notice Procedure 40 Subpoena for the Production of Business Records (CCP 1270) 40.1 Description of the Business Records 40.2 Preparation of the Subpoena 40.3 Officer of the Deposition 40.4 Producing the Records 41 Production of Consumer Records (CCP 1985.3) 41.1 Definition of Consumer 41.2 Definition of Personal Records 41.3 Notice to the Consumer 41.4 Objections 41.5 Motion to Quash the Subpoena (CCP 1987.1) SECTION 10 42 Interrogations (CCP 2030) 42.1 Definition 42.2 Timing Restrictions 42.3 Number Restrictions 42.4 Service of the Interrogatories 42.5 Protective Order 42.6 Responding to Interrogatories 42.7 Failing to Respond 42.8 Inadequate Response 42.9 Amending Response to Interrogatories 43 Demand for Production (CCP 2031) 43.1 Timing of the Demand 43.2 Preparing the Demand 43.3 Supplementing the Demands 43.4 Protective Orders 43.5 Response to the Demand 43.6 The Methods of Response 43.7 Failure to Respond 43.8 Inadequate Response 44 Demand for the Medical Examination of a Party (CCP 2032) 44.1 Who May Be Examined 44.2 Who May Conduct the Examination 44.3 Personal Injury Cases 44.4 Nonpersonal Injury Cases 44.5 Attendance at the Examination 44.6 Demand for the Written Report 44.7 Right to the Party's Reports 45 Request for Admission (CCP 2033) 45.1 Definition 45.2 Timing Restriction 45.3 Number Restrictions 45.4 Propounding Additional RFAs 45.5 Drafting the RFAs 45.6 Service of the RFAs 45.7 Protective Order 45.8 Responding to RFAs 45.9 Methods of Response to the RFA 45.10 Failure to Respond 45.11 Amending a Response 45.12 Use of the Responses 46 Exchange of Expert Witness Material (CCP 2034) 46.1 Definition 46.2 Drafting the Demand 46.3 Motion for a Protective Order 46.4 Preparing the Response 46.5 Supplementing the Response 46.6 Deposition of The Expert 46.7 Payment of Expert Fees 46.8 Failure to Comply 46.9 Amending a Submitted Expert List 46.10 Serving a Late Expert List 46.11 Exception to the Designation Rules 47 Discovery to Perpetuate Testimony (CCP 2035) 47.1 When Available 47.2 Procedure 47.3 Failure to Serve 47.4 Court Order SECTION 11 48 Discovery in Limited Civil Cases 48.1 Limits on the Conduct of Discovery (CCP 94 et seq.) 48.2 Motion for Additional Discovery (CCP 95) 48.3 Pretrial Revelation Statement (CCP 96) 48.4 Exceptions (CCP 97) 49 Objection to Discovery 49.1 Definition 50 Privilege 50.1 Definition 50.2 Attorney-Client Privilege (Evid. et seq.) 50.3 Work-Product Privilege (CCP 2018) 50.4 Spousal Privilege (Evid. 980 et seq.) 50.5 Physician/Patient Privilege (Evid. 980 at seq.) 50.6 Clergyman/Penitent Privilege (Evid. 1030 et seq.) 50.7 Sexual Assault Victim/Counselor Privilege (Evid. 1035 et seq.) 50.8 Domestic Violence Victim/Counselor Privilege (Evid. 1037 et seq.) 50.9 Official Information (Evid. 1040 et seq.) 50.10 Political Vote (Evid. 1050 et seq.) 50.11 Waiver of Privilege (Evid. 912) 51 Independent Investigation 51.1 Searching for Company Information 51.2 The EDGAR System 51.3 Mining the EDGAR System 51.4 Business Search Sites 51.5 International Databases 51.6 Historical Stock Price Information 51.7 Finding Information on Individuals 51.8 Using a Search Engine 51.9 Using a People-Find Directory 51.10 Using a Specialized Directory 51.11 Genealogical Information 51.12 Searching Public Records Databases 51.13 Pay-per-Use Databases 51.14 Expert Witnesses 51.15 Freedom of Information Act 52 Managing a Request for Production 52.1 Five Steps in Preparing the Response 52.2 Preparing the Response: Categorizing the Document Request 52.3 Preparing the Response: Meeting with the Client 52.4 The Document Retention Memo 52.5 Planning the Collection Process 52.6 Collecting the Documents (Paper Documents) 52.7 Reviewing the Documents 52.8 Producing the Documents: Initial Planning 52.9 Producing the Documents: Preparing the Production Log 52.10 Producing the Documents: Determining the Method of Production 53 Steps in Responding to a Request for Production for Electronic Data 53.1 Establish a Production Schedule 53.2 Establish a Common Production Media 53.3 Meeting with the Client 53.4 Obtain an Outline of the Computer System Setup 53.5 Become Educated About the Client's Backup Policy 53.6 Map Out Access to System By Individual 53.7 Learn Application Information 53.8 Other Sources of Data 53.9 Encryption/Password Information 53.10 Preparing the Maser Copies 53.11 Assign Identification Numbers 53.12 Preparing the Review Copies 53.13 Converting the Data Into a Usable Format 53.14 Reviewing Data Using Word Search Programs 53.15 Preparing Production Copies 53.16 Evidence Considerations SECTION 12 54 The Case Librarian 54.1 Contents of the Case Library 54.2 Organizing the Document Library: Preliminary Consideration 54.3 Methods of Organizing the Document Library 54.4 Adapting Methodology to the Needs of the Case 55 The Document (Hard Copy) Library 55.1 Analyzing the Contents of the Document Library 55.2 Planning the Physical Document Library 56 Document Control Numbers 56.1 Numbering the Documents 56.2 Shortcuts to Avoid 56.3 Methods of Numbering 56.4 Problems with Document Numbering 56.5 The Failure to Number the Documents 57 Organizing the Library Information Portion 57.1 Coding or Indexing the Documents? 57.2 Unitizing Documents 57.3 Introduction to Coding 57.4 Objective Coding Conventions 57.5 Subjective Coding 57.6 Preparing the Indexing Matrix 57.7 Staffing the Coding Project SECTION 13 58 The Image-Based Library 58.1 Initial Planning 58.2 The Tiered Document System 58.3 Employing Litigation Support Services 58.4 Establishing a Document Flow 58.5 Reviewing the Invoices 59 Preparing the Reports 59.1 The Use of Binders 59.2 Sorting Documents 59.3 Informational Tabs System 59.4 Developing an Apportional Tab System 59.5 Developing a Numerical Tab System 59.6 Tables of Contents (TOCs) 59.7 Types of Table of Contents 60 Informational Document Sets 60.1 Informational Organization 60.2 General Informational Sets (GISs) 60.3 The Physical Organization of General Informational Sets 60.4 The Master Chronological Set 60.5 Problems in Preparing the GIS 60.6 Preparing the Topical Information Sets 60.7 Simplifying the Document Review 60.8 Testimonial Document Sets 60.9 The Players' List 61 Organization of Documentary Materials 61.1 Depositions 61.2 Informational Organization of Written Discovery 61.3 Informational Organization of Declarations 61.4 Organization of Pleadings 61.5 Organization of Pleadings by Type 61.6 Organization of Correspondence SECTION 14 62 Setting a Case for Trial 62.1 Two Tracks to Trial 62.2 At-Issue Memorandum System (CRC 209) 62.3 Trial Court Delay Reduction Act (CRC 2101 et seq.) 63 Preferences in Trial Setting (CCP 35 et seq.) 63.1 Automatic Preferences 63.2 Discretionary Preferences 63.3 Filing the Petition 64 Jury Trial (CCP 631) 64.1 Right to a Jury Trial 64.2 Obtaining a Jury Trial 64.3 Payment of Jury Fees 64.4 Other Methods of Wavier 64.5 Waiver of Jury Trial 65 Settlement 65.1 Types of Settlements 65.2 Settlement Conference (CRC 220) 65.3 Offer to Compromise (CCP 998) 66 Pretrial Procedural Matters 66.1 Pretrial Motions 66.2 Jury Instructions (CCP 607a) 66.3 Witness List 66.4 Exhibit List: Definition 66.5 Pretrial Checklist SECTION 15 67 Trial Management/Preliminary Considerations 67.1 Order of Trial (CCP 607) 67.2 Trial Brief 68 Management of the Trial Exhibits 68.1 Marshaling the Exhibits 68.2 Procuring Documentary Evidence for Trial 68.3 Preparation of the Trial Exhibits 68.4 Preparing the Court's Trial Exhibits 68.5 Exhibit List Analysis 68.6 Managing the Rebuttal Exhibits 68.7 Demonstrative Evidence 68.8 Special Problems with Trial Exhibits 69 Using Discovery at Trial 69.1 Depositions (CCP 2025(u)) 69.2 Procedure for Using Depositions (CCP 2025(i)) 69.3 Using Interrogatories at Trial 70 Trail Witness 70.1 Witness Binder 70.2 Witness Management: Voluntary Appearance of Witnesses 70.3 Preparing the Witness 70.4 Managing Witness Availability 70.5 Courtroom Witness Les 70.6 Learning the Names of Witnesses 70.7 Interpreters for Trial 71 Jury Management 71.1 Jury Selection: Number of Jurors 71.2 Voir Dire 71.3 Voir Dire Examination 71.4 Challening the Jury (CCP 225 et seq.) 71.5 Preparation of a Trial Glossary 71.6 Assisting in the Jury Selection 71.7 Brief Statement of the Case 72 Reporter's Transcript 72.1 Benefits of the Daily Trial Transcript 72.2 Trial Transcript Indices 73 Trial Management/Office 74 Trial in Limited Civil Cases (CCP 98) SECTION 16 75 Concluding the Trial 75.1 Jury Trial 75.2 Bench Trial 75.3 Prevailing Party 75.4 Recoverable Costs (CCP 1033) 75.5 Nonrecoverable Costs 75.6 Notes on Costs 75.7 Exceptions on the Award of Costs 75.8 Procedure for Obtaining Costs (CRC 870) 76 Post-Trial Motions 76.1 Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict (JNOV) (CCP 629) 76.2 Motion for a New Trial (CCP 656) 77 Closing the Files 77.1 Preparing the Storage Files 77.2 Discovery Material 77.3 Organizing the Documents 77.4 Indexing the Documents 77.5 Distributing the Indexes INDEXshow more