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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/12/2009 4:10 AM (GMT -6)   
 Had a bad experience at court on Monday.
 I had to give evidence in support of a bad debt. The judge gave me a really hard time by really adhering to
 the rules and regulations.This was completely annoying as the defendant had grossly flouted every rule
going,dragged the case out despite our patience in giving him plenty of time in which to pay.
The upshot of all this was I had a panic attack shortly after leaving the court buildings.
In a way this has strenghtened my resolve to fight not only this illness but when I return to the court.
I am a great believer in turning negatives into positives so this has given me great heart for the events ahead.

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   Posted 8/12/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   


Sorry to hear of your panic attack but wow, I am glad you can turn the negative into a positive.  Court is a whole different ball game as you can only answer the questions and not elaborate.  It can be very frustrating and the one person that gets to call the shots may not always seem fair. 

I wish you the best in getting your issues settled soon.
Have a good day,

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 8/12/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have a lawyer? Either way I recommend reading some of the federal rules of evidence. They are online (google them) - to get an idea of what is going on. For example, you can't ask a leading question on direct, only on cross. So rather than "you didn't pay that debt, did you?" You would have to ask "did you ever attempt to pay that debt." Evidence must have a foundation and relevance before it is admissible. So say you wanted to get in a letter that he wrote you. You couldn't just say "here is a letter judge." You would have to authenticate it by having a witness (even him) that recognizes the handwriting and can say it is his. Once you understand some of the little court room oddities it is a lot less frustrating experience. The toughest thing to understand is hearsay. Hearsay is any out of court statement offered to prove the truth of the matter asserted. In English, that is anything said outside of court, even by a witness. But there are tons of exceptions - if it was said in excitement, if it was a present sense impression, if it is offered to show the effect on the listener rather than the truth. So any question like "what did you say" is often hearsay - unless it is a legally operative fact. A legally operative fact would be words that created a contract for example like "if you perform this service, I will pay you x amount." That is admissible even if stated out of court. But, if it is a service that could not be performed in a year or a good worth more than $500 it would have to be in writing to be admissible. Hope that helps!
27 Year old married female.  Graduated law school this year and waiting for results of the bar exam.  Start a new job sometime in September.  Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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