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How to initiate a lawsuit in the Circuit Courts or District Courts of Maryland

How to initiate a lawsuit in the Circuit Courts or District Courts of Maryland

Starting a lawsuit is no simple task, especially for those who are forced to represent themselves due to the financial costs associated with hiring a lawyer. A successful lawsuit requires a detailed understanding of the substantive and procedural rules that must be followed precisely throughout the court proceedings, beginning at the complaint drafting stage and continuing all the way through the date of trial.

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How to properly serve a defendant located within the District of Columbia

How to properly serve a defendant located within the District of Columbia

DISCLAIMER: The scope of this article is limited to small claims cases filed in the District of Columbia (DC) and the procedures for serving defendants who also reside in DC. Keep an eye out for future Access to Justice articles that discuss the intricacies of serving an out of state defendant or a foreign national residing outside of the United States.

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How to file a small claims case in the District of Columbia

How to file a small claims case in the District of Columbia

Initiating a lawsuit without an attorney can be a daunting task. There are several procedural rules and processes that a litigant (i.e., the person suing or being sued) must strictly follow throughout the proceedings to ensure the merits of the case make it to a judge or jury.

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