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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Chapter 8
Court Rules and Civil Procedure
In This Chapter
• Rules about time
• Rules about notification
• The rules that trip people up
• Figuring out deadlines and due dates
Because of the constitutional requirement, known as due process, to treat everyone equally in lawsuits, the legal system has been forced to come up with rules that it can easily apply to all people in all cases. The rules are published in statutes and gathered in special handbooks (called something like “Rules of Court” or “Rules of Civil Procedure”) that you can find in law libraries. It’s still difficult to find these rules online for all states and all levels of court, but it’s getting easier. See Appendix B for a list of helpful websites that have some of these ...

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