What Happens When You Get Sued: The Civil Litigation Process for Law Enforcement Officers

August 22, 2019
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Your job brings you in contact with the criminally accused, but now you are called the “defendant” in a civil case. What are the steps in civil litigation? Is your money, your house at risk? Is a settlement like a plea bargain where you admit your “guilt”? How can a civil case affect your career? Learn:

  • When and how the city, town, or county will provide counsel to represent you.
  • How the discovery process, from interrogatories, document production, and deposition will require disclosure of personal information about your background, training, experience, and prior discipline, and how you can prevent public disclosure outside the case.
  • How to prepare for your testimony at trial, what to wear, where to sit, and how the jury will view your demeanor.
  • Why a no-fault settlement may be better than trial for your career as a law enforcement officer.

PRESENTER: Wayne C. Beyer is a litigator, author, presenter, and former administrative appeals judge. He has been lead counsel in 300-350 police misconduct and corrections cases, including about 30 jury trials, involving Fourth Amendment excessive force, false arrest, illegal search, fatal shootings, positional asphyxia, cell suicide, pursuits, failure to render medical assistance, failure to protect, First Amendment, malicious prosecution, and wrongful conviction.