San Diego Justicecorps Civil Law: Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Legal documents filed with the Court must be typed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Legal documents filed with the Court must be typed because typed documents are generally more legible and professional-looking compared to handwritten ones. Typing also allows for easier editing and formatting, ensuring that the document is accurate and follows the required guidelines. Additionally, typed documents can be easily stored and reproduced, which is important for maintaining records and sharing information with relevant parties. Therefore, it is necessary for legal documents to be typed to ensure clarity, accuracy, and professionalism in the court proceedings.

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  • 2. 

    Unlawful Detainer is the legal terminology for eviction.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      Fasle

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Unlawful detainer is indeed the legal term used to refer to the process of eviction. It is a legal action taken by a landlord to remove a tenant from a property due to a breach of lease agreement or non-payment of rent. Therefore, the statement that Unlawful Detainer is the legal terminology for eviction is correct.

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  • 3. 

    A Tenant has the right to repair serious defects in the rental unit and deduct certain repair costs from the rent.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A tenant has the right to repair serious defects in the rental unit and deduct certain repair costs from the rent. This is true because in many jurisdictions, tenants are legally entitled to a safe and habitable living environment. If the landlord fails to address serious defects that affect the tenant's health or safety, the tenant may have the right to make the repairs themselves and deduct the cost from the rent. However, it is important for tenants to familiarize themselves with local laws and regulations regarding repairs and deductions to ensure they are acting within their rights.

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  • 4. 

    A Tenant not named on the eviction action can still file an Answer by completing the Claim of Right to Possession.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A tenant who is not named in the eviction action can still file an Answer by completing the Claim of Right to Possession. This means that even if the tenant is not directly involved in the eviction case, they have the right to file a response or defense to protect their right to possession of the property. This allows the tenant to present their side of the story and potentially challenge the eviction action. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 5. 

    A Landlord can evict a tenant without cause.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A landlord cannot evict a tenant without cause. There must be a valid reason, such as non-payment of rent, violation of the lease agreement, or damage to the property, for a landlord to evict a tenant. Evicting a tenant without cause would be considered unlawful and could result in legal consequences for the landlord. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 6. 

    A Landlord can enter the rental unit without notice in cases of an emergency.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In cases of an emergency, a landlord may need to enter the rental unit without providing prior notice to the tenant. This is because emergencies require immediate action to protect the safety and well-being of the tenants or the property itself. Examples of emergencies could include a fire, a gas leak, or a burst pipe. In such situations, the landlord has the right to enter the rental unit without notice to address the emergency and ensure the necessary repairs or actions are taken.

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  • 7. 

    A Tenant has 30 days to file an Answer to an eviction.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because a tenant typically has a shorter period of time, such as 5 to 10 days, to file an Answer to an eviction. The specific timeframe may vary depending on the jurisdiction and local laws.

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  • 8. 

    Other than when married, you can only change your name once during your lifetime.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    You can change your name more than once during your lifetime, not just when married. This can be done through legal processes such as filing a name change petition with the court. Therefore, the statement is false.

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  • 9. 

    You must file a Petition for Change of Name in the County where you were born.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The explanation for the answer being False is that you do not have to file a Petition for Change of Name in the County where you were born. The correct procedure for changing your name may vary depending on the jurisdiction, but generally, you need to file the petition in the county where you currently reside.

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  • 10. 

    Unless you are in the FBI’s Witness Protection Plan, you must disclose your new name request to the court.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    If you are in the FBI's Witness Protection Plan, you do not have to disclose your new name request to the court. This is because the FBI's Witness Protection Program allows individuals to assume new identities in order to protect them from potential threats or harm. In these cases, the court is not involved in the process and therefore there is no need to disclose the new name request.

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  • 11. 

    If you cannot afford to pay the filing fees, you cannot file a response to any action brought against you.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because not being able to afford the filing fees does not necessarily mean that you cannot file a response to an action brought against you. There are often options available for individuals who cannot afford the fees, such as requesting a fee waiver or seeking assistance from legal aid organizations. Therefore, financial constraints do not automatically prevent someone from filing a response.

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  • 12. 

    You can legally change your child's name if the other parent has not contacted you or the child for 12 months and has not paid child support.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because changing a child's name typically requires the consent of both parents, regardless of whether the other parent has contacted the child or paid child support. The legal process for changing a child's name usually involves filing a petition with the court and providing a valid reason for the name change. The court will consider various factors, such as the best interests of the child and the relationship between the child and both parents, before making a decision.

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  • 13. 

    If you know someone intends to file a Civil Harassment Restraining Order against you, you should go to the nearest court and file a TRO against that person so you can be the petitioner.  

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Filing a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against someone who intends to file a Civil Harassment Restraining Order against you is not necessary or recommended. A TRO is typically used to provide immediate protection in emergency situations, while a Civil Harassment Restraining Order is a more formal legal process that requires evidence and a court hearing. It is more appropriate to consult with an attorney and gather evidence to defend yourself in court if someone is seeking a Civil Harassment Restraining Order against you.

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  • 14. 

    If you file a Civil Harassment Restraining Order against the person in the apartment next to yours, that person will have to find a different place to stay until the hearing. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Filing a Civil Harassment Restraining Order does not automatically require the person in the neighboring apartment to find a different place to stay until the hearing. The order may restrict their contact with you or prohibit them from certain actions, but it does not necessarily involve them having to vacate their residence.

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  • 15. 

    The court must furnish an interpreter for anyone that does not understand English.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because the court is not required to provide an interpreter for anyone who does not understand English. While it is common practice for the court to provide interpreters for non-English speakers to ensure fair proceedings, it is not a legal requirement in all cases. The availability of interpreters may vary depending on the jurisdiction and the specific circumstances of the case.

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  • 16. 

    What is a landlord’s first step in formally evicting a tenant for failing to pay rent?

    • A.

      Make a police report

    • B.

      Verbally ask the tenant for the rent

    • C.

      Contact the Tenant’s employer

    • D.

      Give the Tenant a written notice asking the Tenant to pay rent or move out

    Correct Answer
    D. Give the Tenant a written notice asking the Tenant to pay rent or move out
    Explanation
    The landlord's first step in formally evicting a tenant for failing to pay rent is to give the tenant a written notice asking them to pay rent or move out. This written notice serves as a formal communication to the tenant, informing them of the issue and giving them a chance to rectify the situation. It is an important legal requirement before proceeding with any further eviction actions.

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  • 17. 

    What must the Notice to Pay Rent or Quit have on its face to make it valid in the State of California?

    • A.

      The number of days to pay

    • B.

      The amount of the rent to pay

    • C.

      The name of the person to pay rent to

    • D.

      The address of the person to pay rent to

    • E.

      The telephone number of the person to pay rent to

    • F.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    F. All of the above
    Explanation
    To make the Notice to Pay Rent or Quit valid in the State of California, it must include all of the following on its face: the number of days to pay, the amount of the rent to pay, the name of the person to pay rent to, the address of the person to pay rent to, and the telephone number of the person to pay rent to. Including all of this information ensures that the tenant is provided with clear instructions on how much rent is owed, who to pay it to, and how to contact the person if needed.

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  • 18. 

    In an Unlawful Detainer case, what are the correct terms used to identify the case's parties?

    • A.

      Petitioner and Respondent

    • B.

      Plaintiff and Defendant

    • C.

      Owner and Claimant

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Plaintiff and Defendant
    Explanation
    The correct terms used to identify the parties in an Unlawful Detainer case are Plaintiff and Defendant. These terms are commonly used in legal proceedings to refer to the party who initiates the lawsuit (Plaintiff) and the party who is being sued (Defendant). The terms Petitioner and Respondent are generally used in other types of cases, while Owner and Claimant may not accurately describe the parties involved in an Unlawful Detainer case.

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  • 19. 

    How many days does a Tenant have to file a response to an eviction lawsuit?

    • A.

      3

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      30

    • E.

      7, not counting Sundays

    Correct Answer
    B. 5
    Explanation
    A tenant has 5 days to file a response to an eviction lawsuit. This means that once the tenant receives the lawsuit, they must submit their response within 5 days. It is important for the tenant to respond within this timeframe to protect their rights and present their case in court. Failing to respond within the specified time may result in an automatic judgment in favor of the landlord.

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  • 20. 

    What is the type(s) of Notices an Owner can serve to terminate a tenancy?

    • A.

      3 Day Notice Pay Rent or Quit

    • B.

      3 Day Notice to Quit

    • C.

      30 Day Notice to Quit

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above" because an owner can serve all three types of notices to terminate a tenancy. The 3 Day Notice Pay Rent or Quit is used when the tenant fails to pay rent, the 3 Day Notice to Quit is used when the tenant violates the terms of the lease agreement, and the 30 Day Notice to Quit is used when the owner wants to end the tenancy without cause. Therefore, all three options are valid types of notices that an owner can serve to terminate a tenancy.

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  • 21. 

    What can a Tenant do if he/she cannot afford to pay the Court fees to defend an eviction case?

    • A.

      Write a letter to the presiding judge explaining his/her finances

    • B.

      Fill out a Court form asking the Court to waive the fees

    • C.

      Borrow the court fees or move

    • D.

      File Bankruptcy

    Correct Answer
    B. Fill out a Court form asking the Court to waive the fees
    Explanation
    If a tenant cannot afford to pay the court fees to defend an eviction case, they can fill out a court form asking the court to waive the fees. This option allows the tenant to request the court to exempt them from paying the fees due to financial hardship. By filling out the form, the tenant can present their situation to the court and seek assistance in covering the fees, enabling them to proceed with defending their eviction case without the burden of financial constraints.

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  • 22. 

    If a Tenant loses his/her case, what type of notice will the Sheriff post on the Tenant's door?

    • A.

      3 Day Notice to Vacate

    • B.

      5 Day Notice to Vacate

    • C.

      10 Day Notice to Vacate

    • D.

      Sheriff has no obligation to a notice on the Tenant’s door.

    Correct Answer
    B. 5 Day Notice to Vacate
    Explanation
    If a tenant loses his/her case, the Sheriff will post a 5 Day Notice to Vacate on the tenant's door. This notice informs the tenant that they have 5 days to vacate the property.

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  • 23. 

    Before the Sheriff restores possession to the landlord, the Sheriff must:

    • A.

      Wait until you remove all of your belongings from the house

    • B.

      Collect all old keys in your possession and change the locks on the door

    • C.

      Make sure you have somewhere to stay for the next 5 days

    • D.

      None of the above

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. None of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "None of the above" because before the Sheriff restores possession to the landlord, they are not responsible for waiting until the tenant removes their belongings, collecting old keys and changing locks, or ensuring the tenant has somewhere to stay. These responsibilities may fall on the tenant or the landlord, but not the Sheriff.

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  • 24. 

    If a parent has 5 children, how many Petitions for Name Change must the parent file?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2, 1 for the boys 1 for the girls

    • C.

      1 for each child

    • D.

      1 for each group of children having the same last name

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. 1 for each group of children having the same last name
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "1 for each group of children having the same last name." Since the parent has 5 children, it is likely that they have different last names. Therefore, the parent would need to file a separate petition for each group of children who share the same last name.

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  • 25. 

    If a person indicates they cannot afford to pay the filing fees and costs of a lawsuit, the person must show:

    • A.

      Proof that they do not have a job

    • B.

      Proof they are citizens of the United States

    • C.

      Proof they are on financial assistance

    • D.

      Proof of all parties living in their home

    • E.

      None of the above

    • F.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. None of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "None of the above" because the question is asking for the requirement that a person must show if they cannot afford to pay the filing fees and costs of a lawsuit. None of the options provided are relevant to this requirement. The person may be required to provide proof of their financial situation, such as income and expenses, but it does not specifically require proof of job status, citizenship, financial assistance, or all parties living in their home.

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