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Obtaining probable cause hearing transcripts

Discussion in 'Alternative Dispute Resolution' started by dgh12571, Sep 30, 2007.

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  1. dgh12571

    dgh12571 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My girlfriend is involved in a municipal case which will be going to trial soon. She had filed harassment charges against her downstairs neighbors and they, in turn, filed against her. In truth she has done absolutely nothing to them but they seem to know the system pretty well. The judge found probable cause for both sides and then recommended mediation. She refused mediation given the fact that she has done nothing and the neighbors are liars, thieves and , we suspect, drug addicts. The basic attitude of the police as well as the judge is "just go away", but it's not so easy when it's your downstairs neighbors and they won't stop. At the probable cause hearing the neighbors flat out concocted a complete fabrication to support there harassment charges against her. Since this is the only time she heard the details of the charge, she is trying to construct her defense against their claim (destruction of property). When she contacted the court to obtain a transcript she was told only an attorney could obtain one, even though she is representing herself. Is this true??? How can she build a defense when she only has her memory to go by? help!!!
     
  2. Michael Wechsler

    Michael Wechsler Administrator Staff Member

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    What court was the case? No, it is not required that someone who requests a transcript of the testimony in court must be an attorney. You may have to pay a reasonable fee for a court copy (which will be worthwhile and usable as evidence in a reply) and being a litigant is enough. Try this again.
     
  3. styles

    styles New Member

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    Agreed

    You most likely called someone who didnt know what they were talking about.
    Or . For their own thrills told you disinformation

    I find this alot in everyday life.
     
  4. jharris352

    jharris352 New Member

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    Mediation is probably not binding. When a Judge says to go to Mediation you GO. Otherwise you will upset him/her. Besides, you have the opportunity to find out more about the case against you before it counts. Refusing mediation is not smart.
     

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