A lot of people mistakenly fall into the belief that the courts are out to get them. They struggle with fines, convictions for DWI or DUI, child custody issues, and even issues with employment law. It seems like the courts have an influence over every part of a person’s life and to an extent that is true – but the courts are there to take care of us and to make sure that everyone is following the law.
The courts are a last line of defense for things like debts, and even for driving offenses and for relationship breakdowns. You can resolve a lot of disputes without ever ending up in court if you communicate regularly with the people that you have an issue with, and you use civil mediation to solve disputes before they reach the stage where court intervention is needed.
Going to court can be stressful, but there are pro bono lawyers out there that will work with people who cannot afford to pay legal fees, and it is also possible to represent yourself – but that is not a good idea in most cases because it is time consuming and difficult to put a good case forward.
The courts are balanced in a way that gives people a chance to represent their side of the story, and the justice system allows for appeals on matters of criminal, civil and corporate law, so there is always a second chance if you feel like you have been unfairly treated. The jury system allows for people to be tried by their peers, and a jury will examine the evidence and come to a conclusion about the likelihood of guilt. The burden is on the prosecution to prove that someone is guilty, to stop an innocent man from being convicted.