Best Practices in Circuit Court: An Interactive Judges' Forum for Danville-Area Litigators Seminar Materials - SALE!

Publication Date: September 2013
Available Formats: Print
Pages: 78

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Content Summary:

  • Suggested Practices and Procedures in Civil Cases in The Circuit Courts of Danville, Halifax, Henry, Martinsville, Patrick and Pittsylvania
  • Pleadings, Discovery, and Expert Witnesses
    • Focusing the Case Through Offensive and Defensive Pleadings
    • Discovery Practice
    • Effective Selection, Identification, Preparation and Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses
  • Motions Practice and Pretrial Matters
  • Best Practices in Bench and Jury Trials

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This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from a September 2013 seminar. This is a must-read for any attorney practicing in Circuit Court in and around the Danville area: Halifax County, Henry County, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, the City of Danville, and the City of Martinsville. The judges that try your cases and some of the area’s finest litigators offer insight and practice tips to help you achieve the optimum outcome for your clients. Experienced attorneys, as well as new attorneys, will benefit.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

SUGGESTED PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES IN CIVIL CASES IN THE CIRCUIT
COURTS OF DANVILLE, HALIFAX, HENRY, MARTINSVILLE, PATRICK AND
PITTSYLVANIA

Mark Holland

I. Fees and Filing Requirements
II. Scheduling Trials and Motions
III. Pretrial Procedures
IV. Trials
V. Enforcement of Judgments
VI. Condemnation Proceedings

PLEADINGS, DISCOVERY, AND EXPERT WITNESSES
Anthony H. Monioudis

Focusing the Case Through Offensive and Defensive Pleadings

I. The struggle over general versus specific pleading
II. The Complaint – Virginia requires fact pleading
III. Responsive Pleadings – Threshold Tools to Narrow the Case

Discovery Practice
I. The Purpose and Scope of the Discovery Rules
II. A Quick Look at the Tools of the Trade
III. Match the Discovery to the Desired Result
IV. Objections
V. Electronic Discovery
VI. Discovery Disputes and Sanctions

Effective Selection, Identification, Preparation and Cross Examination of
Expert Witnesses

I. Selection of Experts
II. Identification of Experts
III. Preparation of Experts
IV. Deposition of Opposing Expert
V. Limiting Opponent’s Expert Testimony
VI. Experts at Trial

MOTIONS PRACTICE AND PRETRIAL MATTERS

Glenn W. Pulley

I. Procedure
II. Examples of Substantive Motions

BEST PRACTICES IN BENCH AND JURY TRIALS

Michael A. Cole

I. Getting Ready to Be In a Trial – Tips for Attorneys and Their Clients in
and Out of the Courtroom
II. Civility during the Trial - Respect and the Golden Rule
III. Proper Impeachment of a Witness
IV. Use of Demonstrative Exhibits, Images and Multimedia
V. Theme—The Thread that Runs from Opening through the Evidence
to Closing
VI. Best Trial Practices—Praises, Pet Peeves, and Other Hot Topics

Authors

Mark Holland

Anthony H. Monioudis

Glenn W. Pulley

Michael A. Cole

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