(The creator of these definitions is
not a lawyer, but a citizen with experience and research into the
system. The definitions below are of a practical nature, not "book"
definitions. Suggestions are accepted from anybody who feels they are
better suited, or experienced, to render such derfinitions. If one
watches "Deconstructing America" they will see lawyers who bucked the
system being legally robbed, legally raped, and legally discredited by
the very structure they pledged and educated themselves to uphold.)
Court of Law -
Institution where dispositions of arguments takes place dealing with
the legal pretense mandated by State Governors. One State may feel one
way of living or one set of moral values has been mandated by the
Governors and bias the laws of the State, with regard to the US
Constitution, in the manner the State Governors have mandated.
Lawyer/Attorney - A
Board Certified and State Certified Representative of the Court.
Pro Se Representation
- When a litigant represents themself in court, they are a Pro Se
litigant. Some Judges are respectful of such litigants, and counsel
them, or have the court counsel them through Pro Se Representatives
found in some Probate Courts. Typially in criminal courts, there is no
such counsel. Massachusetts may be a progressive State in this regard,
and a paper detailing the issues of Pro Se litigants is at
Board of Bar Overseers
- A State appointed (maybe elected) Board that acts somewhat as a
"District Attorney's Office" for the State, the Courts, and the lawyers
themselves, to prosecute errant lawyers for activities that are illegal
in their eyes, or in the eyes of politically well-seated persons. A
typical citizen has little or no power to operate the Board in his/her
interest without members of the Board, another Lawyer, or Judge
endorsing/actually making, the citizen complaint. The BBO is a
political operation not to be construed with protecting a citizen
against a dishonest lawyer any more than the District Attorney in any
State can operate from a citizen caller...they must get the police, or
other authority, to engage them into the operation of their office.
Consumer Protection from a
poor lawyer - There is none, unless you can find a lawyer who
wants to chance their status in their own State Bar. Some lawyers will
sue another, but only if the suit will pay them enough money to cash in
their career if they are seen as "rebels" of the State's legal dictum.
This may only be millions of dollars, and be the result of severe
negligence. A consumer who pays thousands of dollars and is ripped off
will likely be without good legal advice and the money they spent for
the poor service in the end.
Judge - A former
lawyer who by some sort of mechanism, is appointed in some states, and
in other states, elected to a defined-year(s) term. The Judge sees the
same lawyers day in and out, and it is imperitive that the lawyers
"toe-the-line" of both the court, and the Judge, as he/she is
influential with the politics of the court, the BBO, and other lawyers
who can effect the career of any particular lawyer.
Legal Fees - An
assessment of a persons wealth that directly effects the ability for
them to continue a sustained assault on them, or their assault on
another, their property, or that of another entity of interest any case
can represent, such as a company, corporation, or individual, such as a
child. A good law firm will assess any potential client's right to pay
them, and will directly operate in that regard. Hence, a person in a
divorce who can pay for the divorce, but little else, can be hammered
in court by an adversary simply not performing, causing little ability
to sustain any contract or agreement, such as a Divorce Nisi, due to an
inability to pay for protracted and voluminous legal procedures.
Pro-Bono work -
Lawyers have some sort of obligation to provide "free" counsel to
litigants who appear, especially in criminal actions, and cannot afford
to go through what can be a tangle of processes. These lawyers have
been seen hanging around District Courts with an appearance and
demeanor of simply wanting to get out of there as soon as possible.
They line up, handle litigants in need, process the case, get their
credit for performing in whatever regard is needed, typically the
quick-decision, and skiddoo. This is not to say that some lawyers do
not dedicate themselves to cases without funds, as many have, and many
will do in the future for needy clients. However, if you've ever had a
great case and little funds, you are typically hard pressed to get
representation....lawyers have to make a living, too, and is
high-principled people/lawyers worked for free, it could upset the
apple cart, and...well, read the BBO definition. A lawyer who screws
clients out of funds and lives well, playing the game, will be regarded
better than one who helps the poor clients. (Send in anecdotes of this
experience.) Judges also see this representation first hand, and
may become part of the weight that tips the apple cart of the state
legal system against the lawyer.