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The other party defendant is a sublandlord (mine), and an Unlawful Detainer was filed against us both. She abandoned me at the premises after turning off my electricity and trying to kick me out illegally, so I had no new address at which to contact her. Then she hired an attorney, whom I found out only served the landlord with a Substitution of Attorney Notice. Because of this I wasn't able to propound discovery in time. She also demanded a jury trial and never had me served with a copy of her demand, so I did not find out in time to participate in voir dire (I think I had a right to do so?) The trial is in too little time for me to file a written motion beforehand, but would I have a good chance at having the judge declare a mistrial if I asked to approach the bench and just explained?I read on some self-help sites that it is best to move for a mistrial as soon as possible, but is there a "best stage" from the start of a jury trial? It seems odd/inappropriate to do this before the opening statements are made. Thanks in advance for any help!