Here’s how to get started:
1. File a Complaint
Choose Who the Parties Will Be
If you are filing a complaint, you will be known as the plaintiff. The people or companies you are suing are called the defendants. You can file a complaint jointly with someone else (for instance, husbands and wives can be plaintiffs together in one complaint, a parent can sue on behalf of a minor child, business partners can sue together). You can name as many defendants as you feel are necessary.
Choose Your Causes of Action
The claims you will be making against the defendants are called “causes of action.” You can choose a maximum of three for your complaint. Causes of action reflect the type of harm caused to you by the defendant. Examples include damages stemming from car accidents, bullying, or business losses. You can choose up to three causes of action to include in your complaint.
2. Upload Evidence
It’s easy to upload videos and audios, scanned documents and receipts, witness testimonies, and other evidence into the Evidence Vault to help support or defend your case. Each video is limited to two minutes in length, and you can upload three: your Opening Statement, your Counter Argument, and your Closing Statement. The counterparty can do the same.
3. Respond to the questions and comments from the Jurors who view your case
Here’s your chance to engage the crowd by persuading them to participate favorably and to use the leverage of online reputation management to bring about a fair resolution to your complaint.
4. Watch as the online Jury votes on your case and a verdict is rendered.
The public votes on your case based on the facts and the evidence you’ve presented. If you receive a favorable verdict, you’ll know that the odds are great you’ll prevail if you choose to move ahead in a real-world court of law. It’s very likely, though, that you’ll save thousands of dollars in legal fees by persuading the defendant to settle out of court via the FreeCourt process. You can also participate as a Juror on other cases.