Surveying the Courtroom
A Land Expert’s Guide to Evidence and Civil Procedure
A vast and complex body of laws surrounds the ownership and disposition of land and other natural resources today, and so it is small wonder that land experts who assist in disputes over those resources often find themselves puzzled by the challenging intricacies of the modern legal process. This book offers a vital road map through the labyrinth of civil laws and procedures that professionals who assist in such cases must navigate.
In Surveying the Courtroom, John Briscoe explains, in plain English, the pertinent rules of evidence and procedure. From the filing of a complaint to its resolution, the book guides you through each phase of a natural-resource lawsuit, describing the land expert’s role at each step along the way. Briscoe supplies numerous fascinating and instructive case studies and vignettes to illustrate his points and to better prepare you for crucial developments that may arise during the course of a trial. He also provides copious references to the relevant legal authorities.
Surveying the Courtroom is an indispensable working resource for land surveyors, title abstractors, property appraisers, geologists, hydrologists, geographers, oceanographers, civil and environmental engineers and all other professionals who are called upon to help courts reach decisions in land and natural resource disputes.
(The first edition of this book is out of print; it was published by Landmark Publishing Co. in 1984.)