I was the plaintiff in a trial de novo, the defendant had a lawyer and there was a temp judge. It was noon or after, and clerk and judge chose to stay after to hear case. We had been in mediation, but I didn't receive the defendants evidence until right before we walked into the court room. Once in front of the judge, everything felt rushed.. the judge wasn't looking over the evidence properly as comments he made weren't what was right in front of him. I was asking for my security deposit, plus interest as he failed to make contact within the 21 days a lotted. I even had an email response from him almost a month after, of the defendant claiming I owed him money, for breaking the lease.I broke the lease (CC1942) due to the discovery of mold spores, as well as negligent living conditions I had to endure. I had emails, photos, and video. The negligence was settled in a previous case. Defendant argued that when I settled, I gave up my right to sue. But, the security deposit was't alleged at the time, and the deposit by law belongs to me. Two separate issues. If the mediator had properly informed me of this, I wouldn't have settled in the first place, I had more than enough evidence.
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