16 Alerts From the CIVIL Tag


Pushing Coercion of Motorists to the Edge of Legality: oos E-Newsletter #505

Two states, Arizona and Virginia, require some measure of due process when issuing photo tickets: To be considered a valid citation, the summons must either be handed directly to the accused by a process server or the target must otherwise acknowledge receipt. Without that proof of being served it can’t be verified to the court […]

How I Fought a $50 NYC Red-Light Camera Ticket from 1400 Miles Away (and made them earn it): oos E-Newsletter #453

By T.A. Beckett, oos Arkansas Member Editor’s Note: Mr. Beckett is not an attorney but his mother was a trial lawyer in the New York City area who also taught legal writing and courtroom practice at Hofstra University. He notes that from age 16 until the time he graduated college, he spent time watching her […]

Criminal Traffic Court is the Best Option: oos E-Newsletter #450

Whose side are we on anyway? The oos objects when cities lower the traffic court bar, downgrading routine moving violations from criminal to civil offenses while also issuing lesser fines and eliminating points against defendant driving records. Again, why would we do that? To answer those questions, look no further than the example of jurisprudence […]

oos E-Newsletter#328: SCOTUS Ruling May Limit Use of Drug Dogs

The U.S. Supreme Court’s record on motorists’ rights has been a mixed bag lately, so we’re pleased with the court’s latest pro-motorist decision in Rodriguez v. U.S. In Rodriguez, handed down last week, the court ruled that police may not prolong a routine traffic stop to search for evidence of crimes unrelated to the purpose […]

oos E-Newsletter #324: Court Innovations Will Create More Fergusons

Editor’s Note: Last week’s newsletter described the Court Innovations system, an online interface that lets ticket recipients plea bargain remotely without having to show up in court. Sounds convenient, but it really amounts to a way for the courts to discourage appeals and to expedite the payment process. A member from Michigan, where this system […]