FAQs

Click below for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered below, please feel free to contact our support team at support@justicenavigator.com. Please note that we CANNOT offer legal advice or opinions!

  • The short answer is: Generally, yes. Most jurisdictions allow non-attorneys to represent themselves, but there may be some restrictions. For example, many jurisdictions allow parties to represent themselves but not their business (e.g., John Smith can represent John Smith—but not Smith Corporation). Some jurisdictions also prohibit parties from representing themselves in certain legal disputes.
  • That depends—only you can make that decision for yourself! There are many things to consider before making your decision. Can you afford an attorney to handle all or part of your case? Are you confident in your abilities to research and learn the law, stand up in court and act in your best interests, and take your case to trial, if necessary? Do you have the necessary time to devote? Are you a "do it yourself" person? Only you can answer these questions...
  • Justice Navigator covers civil cases. Civil cases include primarily disputes for breach of contract and torts (e.g. negligence, personal injury, fraud, misrepresentation, defamation, product liability, employment, etc.), and other civil causes of action (unlawful detainer, unpaid rent, eviction, property disputes, etc.). Justice Navigator does NOT cover criminal cases.
  • Justice Navigator does not cover criminal cases, except for minor traffic citations, which are covered in the bonus video session on how to fight a traffic citation. Criminal cases are initiated when a person is charged with a crime (e.g., misdemeanor or felony). In criminal cases, the city/jurisdiction/federal government is seeking to punish a person for violating a law. The punishment may include a fine, probation, community service, imprisonment, or all of the above. Criminal cases are not covered in Justice Navigator and we do not recommend that anyone attempt to represent themselves in a criminal case!
  • There are a few ways you can tell if the case brought against you is a criminal one. If the answer to either of the following is “YES,” you are probably a defendant in a criminal case that should be handled by a criminal defense attorney licensed in your jurisdiction:
    1. A city, jurisdiction, or the federal government has filed an indictment or information seeking to fine you or have you imprisoned
    2. The name of the case is something like People v. Your Name (e.g., People v. Smith) or City/Jurisdiction/United States v. [Your Name] (e.g., Arizona v. Smith or United States v. Smith)
    If you are still not sure whether you are a defendant in a criminal case, we strongly recommend you consult with an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction for more information regarding your legal rights. Justice Navigator does not cover criminal cases!
  • The entire video series, spanning 13 sessions + 1 bonus session, is approximately 17 hours and 38 minutes. But don't worry... you don't have to watch it all in one sitting! Although we recommend you watch the whole series, feel free to skip ahead to the parts you feel are most relevant to you, and then go back and watch the rest later.
  • Justice Navigator is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art litigation tutorial. It includes high-definition videos and downloadable resources to help you prepare pleadings and materials for your case. However, you will still need to read, understand, and follow the laws and court rules in your jurisdiction. You may also want—or need—to read practice guides or treatises specific to your jurisdiction for help litigating your case.
  • Yes, absolutely! Justice Navigator is not a substitute for reviewing and understanding the laws and court rules in your jurisdiction. Justice Navigator teaches litigation basics, strategies, and techniques, to help you confidently and effectively represent yourself in court.  However, the law in your jurisdiction may (and probably does) differ in some (or many) ways. Justice Navigator cannot, and does not, cover the laws of each of the 50 jurisdictions.
  • If you can afford an attorney… we recommend that you strongly consider hiring one. Doing so will free up your time and allow you to focus your energy on other pursuits, such as work, family, and hobbies. And, statistically, parties represented by attorneys tend to fare better than parties who represent themselves. That being said, we strongly believe that Justice Navigator is the next best thing to having an attorney at your side!
  • Justice Navigator takes place in the fictional State of Atlantis, the imaginary “51st state.” Justice Navigator discusses laws generally. In significant part, Justice Navigator discusses laws and legal doctrines that are common throughout many parts of the United States; however, the law in your jurisdiction may (and probably does) differ in some (or many) ways. Therefore, there is no substitute for reviewing, understanding, and complying with the laws and court rules in your jurisdiction!
  • Just an Internet connection and a good attitude!
  • At this time, sessions cannot be downloaded or watched offline. All sessions can be streamed on your computer or mobile device.
  • We cannot and do not guarantee results or outcomes.