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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Can a county clerk give the papers I dropped off for filing to a judge who then renders a decision without my knowledge?

I was attempting to get my papers filed to then serve on the other side. I dropped them off for filing. I was put off 3 days with the reason "they are not ready". When I explained I just wanted to have them filed to then serve the other side, they had no explanation. They gave them to a... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 23, 2022

It depends what it is. If you filed for a restraining order, then many counties will set a hearing re: temporary orders. I'd say however the most common practice is for the court to make a determination regarding issuing temporary orders based solely on the papers. Speak with a local attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Election Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: Is there an example from California state La superior court to appeal to change my biased judge and continue trial soon

Is there an example from Ca state La superior court to appeal to change my biased judge and continue trial immediately? My current trial was wrongly decided as a mistrial when defendants attorney (all white ppl) pressured the judge (female Asian like me, my legal team are all Asian), after first... Read more »

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Sep 23, 2022

You can put in a motion for a new trial and base it on those grounds.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I would like to start a civil case, which is the opposite of a small claims, a big case. How do I hire a lawyer?

I have been calling lawyers and no lawyer wants to take the case. Could I get the court to hire me a lawyer? How is it done? How can I get a lawyer that will take no money upfront, but takes money after the case has been won?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 22, 2022

You're looking for an attorney who'll take your case on a contingency. You'll need to keep contacting lawyers to find someone to represent you. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: What happens when I lose a civil court case?

What are the maximum amount of losses if I lost a civil court case? What is the maximum amount of money that I need to put in, for a civil court case?

Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Strange question. It depends on how much the plaintiff sues for, if s/he wins that amount it's a win for the plaintiff.

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: Can I appeal test results for the psi exams firearms assessment.

Is there a way to appeal test results with an in-person exam?

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 21, 2022

More information is needed. Speak with a gun rights attorney near you. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Employment Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Education Law for New York on
Q: Question about working and visa status

I’m remaining in F1 status (student visa-nonimmigration), I have far- relative lives in New York, he is owning a restaurant. I live with him and his family. I volunteer to help him with his restaurant during my free time just about 2-3 hours per week. No income received, no salary, no tips, no... Read more »

Moses Apsan
Moses Apsan
answered on Sep 21, 2022

If you are merely helping out without pay the I would not consider it employment.

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for California on
Q: Need advice on filing an appeal on my Marvin vs. Marvin case

I lived together with a lady for over 30 years. I filed a lawsuit to get my right to the property based on Marvin vs, Marvin law. I lost my case because the judge ruled that the relationship was romantic. I need to discuss my case to determine my grounds for appeal. During our living together ,... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 20, 2022

Speak with an attorney handling appeals then. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for formal legal advice and representation.]

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I went to court for an eviction but I want to know if I can appeal the decision?

I already went to court but I did not have a lawyer. I was under the assumption that the evictions laws were strict. But there are a few things I feel were over looked or I just don’t really know or understand the process

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 20, 2022

Yes, you can appeal by filing a bond, making a cash deposit, or filing a Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs with the justice court within 5 days after the judgment of eviction is signed.

The eviction will then be heard de novo by the court court on an expedited basis....
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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Business Law for California on
Q: Is an oral settlement agreement resulting from an MSC enforceable in California? 664 should not hold, correct?

During a settlement conference I had a momentary lapse of judgment and agreed with what my lawyer was telling me (to settle my case). He actually tricked me and then blamed me for not communicating with him (lie). At the end of the day the judge went back to the other party and they accepted our... Read more »

Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
answered on Sep 19, 2022

If the settlement was not put in writing, signed by both parties, and you made clear to the judge that you did not in fact agree to the settlement number the other side agreed to, then there is no enforceable settlement (i.e. no meeting of the minds with regard to the terms of the settlement).

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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Arbitration / Mediation Law and Business Law for California on
Q: Is an oral settlement agreement resulting from an MSC enforceable in California? 664 should not hold, correct?

During a settlement conference I had a momentary lapse of judgment and agreed with what my lawyer was telling me (to settle my case). He actually tricked me and then blamed me for not communicating with him (lie). At the end of the day the judge went back to the other party and they accepted our... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 20, 2022

It depends. I've had judges state the parties have reached an agreement, and put the terms of the agreement on the record and in the minutes. Even when this has happened, it was stated the parties would sign a settlement agreement memorializing what had been agreed to. Speak with a local... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: I was charged with Arson last year and made to register and take a strike with jail time. Is there a way to appeal this

I was suicidal when I set the fire and drinking. The cops did not report this when they charged me and my public defender didn't help me purse mental health court when I expressed that I suffered from mental health issues. I pled guilty not knowing about the option of mental health court and I... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 18, 2022

More information is needed, such as when you pled guilty and the facts and circumstances surrounding your guilty plea. Say nothing more here, but speak with an attorney in your area. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Criminal Law, Libel & Slander and Wrongful Death for Texas on
Q: My so was wrongfully convicted double jeopardy and also denied when he filed for an appeal.
John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr.
answered on Sep 15, 2022

Not sure what your question is. If you can ask exactly what your issue or question is I will be glad to answer for you. Otherwise please call my law office or another experienced criminal attorney for an appointment. Please have the appeal decision ready for any questions.

Good Luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Tennessee on
Q: Hi my names erica I have been subpoena to court to testify on behalf of the state do I have to apear I just got it today

And I have to be there tomorrow it was sent by mail

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Sep 13, 2022

That is an Order of the Court for you to testify in Court. That means you tell the truth, which does not necessarily help the DA.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law for Texas on
Q: Can a federal district judge grant a motion to dismiss minutes after the defendant submitted it?

Federal district court judge granted motion to dismiss to defendant within minutes. The plaintiff had no time to oppose the motion before the judge granted it. Despite, the plaintiff filed the opposition to dismiss motion in a timely manner. How can judge grant a motion to dismiss without giving... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 12, 2022

The Local Rules of the Southern District of Texas provide that an opposed motion will be submitted to the judge 21 days after filing and that any Response must be filed before the submission date. Unopposed motions may be taken up and ruled upon more promptly.

It would be rare for a judge...
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Q: How do I get a good Lawyer for free
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 10, 2022

A Tennessee attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could depend on what your matter involves. There are attorneys who donate their time to work for free (pro bono) and legal aid societies that offer their assistance as a public service. But these tend to be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for Mississippi on
Q: If my indictment is not marked "filed", nor signed or dated by the clerk, can the judge still convict me?

Ashwell v. State, 226 So.3d 69 (Miss.2017) made it clear that if my indictment is not filed then the judge don't have jurisdiction nor the authority to accept my guilty plea because the court failed to charge me with a crime. Why did the Miss. Supreme Court deny my writ of certiorari after... Read more »

Arthur Calderon
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Arthur Calderon
answered on Sep 6, 2022

It really depends on the circumstances. Even though your indictment may not be marked as filed, the test to determine whether the court has jurisdiction is to see if there was ever an indictment legitimately filed in the circuit court.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for New York on
Q: Why decision is not published in Justin? What shall I do to publish decision?

LT-059414-2010

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Sep 4, 2022

Decisions are published on the court’s website. You also can find decisions on the NY Reporr website.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there any types of appeals for someone that’s been in prison for 5+ years?

No previous charges, they got 15yrs for a child neglect charge. First and only offense.

David A. Cincotta
David A. Cincotta
answered on Sep 4, 2022

An appeal of the conviction is out-of-time. Under very limited circumstances, a conviction can be vacated through the Post-Conviction process. Another consideration would be applying for a sentence commutation.

I would encourage you to contact an attorney to review the person's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Family Law and Child Custody for South Carolina on
Q: Can I appeal as a mother if my lawyer missed the date to file an appeal and I didn't know about it until 1week b4 adopti
Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Sep 2, 2022

First, I am not a South Carolina lawyer. That being said, unfortunately if the appeal deadline has been missed -- for whatever reason-- I think your appeal period has closed.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hello. I am wondering if I can appeal a civil judgement in Ohio. The plaintiff is our previous landlord.

She won a 15k judgment based on nothing but lies. We have to pay 10k just for floors and walls to be painted when they look EXACTLY like they did when we moved in. We didn’t have pictures in court but now we do (we dug through our camera rolls and found tons) we moved in and the floors were awful... Read more »

Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Sep 2, 2022

First, I am not an Ohio lawyer. That being said, an appeal is always an option. Check the court rules about when you must note an appeal, and the next steps after that. It seems from your story that you might have an appeal issue.

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