How To Settle Court Cases (especially during Court closures)

The outbreak of covid-19 across the world has shut down the Courts. Two obvious points during these challenging times:

  1. There are many things in life far more important than litigation.
  2. Litigation must be handled differently.


Lawyers have always been duty bound to encourage and explore resolution. This duty is enhanced during Court closures.

Clients are morally and ethically duty bound to support the cause of justice and to seriously consider resolution options.

These shared obligations assist everyone deal with a crisis that is far more important than litigation.

Thoughts on Settling Cases

Cases are brought to a conclusion through a value – build – settle – trial process.

Lawyers and clients sometimes incorrectly value a case. The 6 Trial Fundamentals will help with valuation.

Additionally, a hurdle to settlement is sometimes a failure to communicate. With Court closures and social distancing, the telephone is the greatest tool for settling cases.

Settlement Resources

Downloadable Rule 49 offers, minutes of settlement and releases can be accessed here. Enter discount code “takecare” before April 9, 2020 for a free copy.

Court cases can be discontinued on consent, which avoids the need to draft a motion to dismiss a case, avoids a $320 Court filing fee and most importantly can now be filed online. Details and link to downloadable consent and discontinuance here. Enter discount code “takecare” before April 9, 2020 for a free copy.

Download the Settlement chapter from trial book HOW TO WINg A TRIAL by using the button below. Note: this is a brief, 1 page chapter that touches upon the need for proper valuation and communication (free of charge, even though the button says “Free – Purchase”).

Settling and then discontinuing cases online will ease the burden on the Court system.

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These trial resources are trial information, not trial legal advice.

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