It has been said by another patriot, “How can we obey the law when we do not know the law?” When it comes to going to court most Americans are totally ignorant of both the law or the rules of court, and are routinely fleeced by the the lawyers and courts who take advantage of that ignorance.
There are, however, lawyers of character who genuinely care about America and the people of God. Dr. Frederick Graves is one those men. He is a believer in Christ with a deep faith in the Lord and a lawyer with over 20 years of a case winning record. He has a course that every American needs to take on law and the courts. His course is called, “Jurisdictionary” and comprises of flash videos, mp3 files and pdf documents. He gives both the very practical steps of winning a lawsuit and the basis for laws to understand why the courts exist and how to use them. What he can not do, and what is imperative for anyone who takes his course to learn, is give the documentation of actual laws in state and federal legislation, nor the rules of court procedure since they vary from every jurisdiction. But he does give many reference resources to find case law and court rules.
His course provides the groundwork that is necessary to launch a study of those other matters from, and a perspective that establishes the right priority in understanding the system. To help the reader understand his course, I am going to liberally quote his work. He begins his program with a simple outline of the process involved in a lawsuit with a free flowchart.
The Lawsuit Flow Chart
Complaint – Flurry of Motions – Answer -Discovery -Trial
This simple outline provides the framework for understanding any lawsuit. When someone sues another person he is called the plaintiff since he files the complaint. Before the defendant responds with his answer, he may move the court to clarify the complaint, dismiss the complaint for lack of jurisdiction or court venue, or some other point during the flurry of motions. Once those motions are completed the defendant must give his answer. Before trial begins, time is given for discover which is the gathering of documents and facts to build cases for both the complaint and an affirmative defense. If the matter is not settled out of court, then the case goes to trial.
Supervising Your Lawyer
His course enables any diligent person to defend himself or file a complaint pro se. However, if you rely on a lawyer, his course teaches you how to supervise the lawyer to make sure he does the job correctly. Dr. Graves says:
You need to know that lawyer jokes proliferate because far too many lawyers (and, dare we add judges, as well?) are dishonest, money-grubbing, professional liars. Not all lawyers deserve the bad press that we get, but the fact that there is so much bad press out there ought to alert you to the fact that at least some of the members of my profession are sharks who can’t be trusted … and you need to know how to sort out the good ones and to keep them on the right track while they represent you in court.
I found that document in the course to be a refreshingly honest assessment of the industry from one who is part of the industry. But even though this is his vocation, he is there because of the Lord. And God is using him greatly through this course.
The Source of Law
Unlike the current opinion that governments create law, Dr. Fredericks makes it clear in his course where law draws its authority.
In the beginning was the Law. So begins John’s Gospel. The word that Greek writer actually used was logos ... What John was literally saying is, “In the beginning there was a Law that rules the universe, a Law that was with God, a Law that is God.”
Like most peoples of the earth, the Greeks also had another word for “law”, a word that describes law as when we speak of the law of nations, law that sets speed limits on highways, law that sends men to prison for stealing a loaf of bread. This word is nomos …
Logos is law set out by deity, not men. This is law that makes apples fall from trees, causes stars to shine, and moves mankind on a steady course determined by our collective self-interest guided (as we choose) by the wisdom of our past and tools of communication we may or may not learn to use effectively … including the language of law.
In contrast nomos is the law of the streets, the temporal attempt to control society by statutory systems we should be wise enough to conform to the ultimate dictates of logos.
In other posts I have made the distinction between laws and statutes, and Dr. Graves is making a similar distinction here. All just laws are laws that harmonize with the natural laws of God.
The Courts Belong to the People, Not the Government
Courts are for the people to command the power of the State.
Our courts belong to everyone. They belong to you. They belong to your family and loved ones. Our courts exist for one purpose only – so the people have a place where they can command the state to keep its promises to the people.
The polling booth is only one of our powers over government. Our courts are another … and, in many ways, are far more powerful than the popular vote.
Our courts are operated by the state. Our courts are run by state employees (judges, bailiffs, clerks, and judicial assistants) but the courts belong to us! They are there to protect our interests, not to advance the causes of the state nor to favor the cause of special interest groups or powerful political action committees.
That power is contained in the rules of court, rules of evidence, rules of procedure, rules of judicial administration, and the maxims – laws that control every judge, lawyer, officer of the law, and every party who comes before its bar. The courts are subject to the law, and your knowledge of the law commands your power over the courts.
Reading this course has given me great hope. I know the corruption of government that bloomed through the 20th century and is now poised to destroy the people of America in the 21st century. To look upon this corruption without understanding the available remedies is to fall into despair. But Dr. Graves has restored my confidence in the system that our founding fathers created. I have no confidence in the corrupt agents of the state, but in understanding the court system and the foundation of the laws of our lands I can see how restoration of the Republic is possible built into the very construct of the Republic itself.
But we forget that we are the government. The people created the government and it is the job of the people to supervise those other people who are given the jobs of the government. The fault lies at the feet of the evil people who desire to turn our nation into a dictatorship, but the fault equally lies at our feet for not learning how to supervise those agents. Dr. Graves has given us that information. I urge every reader of this post who cares about the future of our nation to buy his course and begin the process of learning how to use the courts to restore the Republic.