Important Creating a Lawsuit

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photobooth

First and former Judge of Stratham
In the Courthouse, you're able to file a lawsuit against another citizen, a company, City, or the Government. Lawsuits can range from a player unlawfully getting arrested to not getting paid from their employer. By presenting your case in court, you're able to have your case settled civilly, faithfully, and fairly. Reminder: To file a lawsuit, a lawyer IS required. Any case opened by someone without the lawyer qualification will be dismissed. If you are the Defendant and believe you can not represent yourself, say so before responding to the Plaintiffs’ complaint.

If you have come here to sue a player for murder please report it to a police officer with a screenshot as proof so the accused can be punished.

  • To create a lawsuit, create a thread as you would elsewhere in the Courthouse forum.
  • Title the thread "user vs. user/company/city/Government"
    • Examples of thread titles
      • Suing another citizen: "photobooth vs. bharatj"
      • Suing a company or organization: "photobooth vs. Koal Corp."
      • Suing a city: "photobooth vs. Ocean Crown City"
      • Suing the Government: "photobooth vs. Government"
  • Inside the post, use the following format to fill out your Civil Action Complaint
    In The Distinguished Court of The Stratham Republic
    CIVIL ACTION
    Date: MM/DD/YY

    (Plaintiff)
    (Plaintiff’s Attorney)

    v.

    (Defendant)

    I. Description of Case
    The Plaintiff brings forth the following causes of action and alleges the following against the Defendant:
    (Give a brief description of the situation and why you are here in court)

    II. Parties
    1. (Name all who are involved in the case)
    2...
    3…

    III. Sequence of Events
    1. (Explain what happened in consecutive order)
    2. ...
    3. ...

    IV. Claims for Relief
    1. (Why these facts give rise to a claim. Explain which laws were broken if any.)
    2. …
    3...

    V. Damages
    1. (What you're asking from the court)
    2. …
    3….

    (Attach evidence and a list of witnesses at the bottom if applicable)


    In advancing this form to the court, you acknowledge and concur with the rules of court which highlight the importance of honesty at all times. Moreover, you understand the punishments for breaking these rules and/or committing perjury and deception in the court.
Viola, you've created your case!

From here, a judge will preside over the case and summon the Defendant to answer to the accusations made in your complaint. The rest of the trial will then go as follows:

COURT PROCEDURE

Civil/Prosecution Complaint

Filled out by plaintiff or prosecutor

Motion to Dismiss or Answer To Complaint
Filled out by the Defendant after summoned to a case (Formats below). If a Motion to Dismiss is overruled the Defendant is then to respond with an Answer to Complaint. REMINDER: A Motion to Dismiss is not a time for new facts or arguments, it is for dismissing a case based on inaccuracy, being frivolous, etc.

In The Distinguished Court of The Stratham Republic
MOTION TO DISMISS
Date: MM/DD/YY

Plaintiff
(Plaintiff’s Attorney)

v.

(Defendant)

I. Motion To Dismiss
The Defendant motions to dismiss the case, respectfully based off the following:
1. (List any and all reasons for why the court should dismiss this case. Note, that this is not the time to present new facts and arguments to the case; furthermore, this format is used to dismiss a case based on inaccuracy, being frivolous, etc.)
2….
3….


In advancing this form to the court, you acknowledge and concur with the rules of court which highlight the importance of honesty at all times. Moreover, you understand the punishments for breaking these rules and/or committing perjury and deception in the court.

In The Distinguished Court of The Stratham Republic
ANSWER TO COMPLAINT
Date: MM/DD/YY

Plaintiff
(Plaintiff’s Attorney)

v.

(Defendant)

I. Pleading
(How do you plead in regards to the accusations or charges brought on by the plaintiff.)

I, (Defendant Name), plead (Not Guilty/Guilty) to the accusations brought forth by the plaintiff.

If plead Not Guilty, continue to rest of format; otherwise, the rest is not applicable.

II.
Arguments
1. (Counter Arguments to the Plaintiff’s Complaint)
2...
3…

(Attach evidence and a list of witnesses at the bottom if applicable)


In advancing this form to the court, you acknowledge and concur with the rules of court which highlight the importance of honesty at all times. Moreover, you understand the punishments for breaking these rules and/or committing perjury and deception in the court.

Opening Statements
The Plaintiff will firstly reply with their opening statement and then the Defendant. This is the time to fully present your arguments to the court along with its corresponding evidence.

Witness Testimony
The presiding Judge will then ask if either party has witnesses they wish to present to the court. The Judge will then summon all the witnesses, giving them 48 hours to mark themselves present in court (done with a simple reply to the thread of “present” by each witness). Assuming both parties have witnesses, it will go as follows:
Plaintiff’s Witnesses
- Direct Examination from Plaintiff
-Cross Examination from Defense (If they so choose)

Defenses’ Witnesses
- Direct Examination from Defense
- Cross Examination from Plaintiff (If they so choose)


Closing Statements
The Plaintiff will firstly reply with their closing statement and then the Defendant. This is the time to conclude and present final arguments. Any additional evidence found should be made known to the court before closing statements

Verdict
The Judge will then review all arguments and testimonies to come to a fair verdict either in favor of the plaintiff or defense.The court will then be adjourned.
 
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