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Section 1983: Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights 

Expert written practice-guidance, forms and checklists to help you better handle civil rights lawsuits

Better understand and defend Section 1983 lawsuits

Practical Law’s Section 1983 toolkit is a collection of expert-written, time-saving resources to help you better understand and defend against civil rights lawsuits that allege constitutional torts and other bases for municipal and police liability. The toolkit includes up-to-date “how to” guides, model forms and templates, checklists, and practitioner best practices, including resources such as:

  • Monell Liability
  • Asserting Qualified Immunity
  • Proving Objectively Reasonable Police Conduct in Fourth Amendment Excessive Force Claims
  • Defending a Fourth Amendment Excessive Force Handcuffing Claim 
  • Eighth Amendment Excessive Force Claims
  • Preparing a Police Officer for Deposition
  • Interrogatories to Plaintiff in a Section 1983 Excessive Force Case
  • Confidentiality Agreement for On-Site Inspection of Law Enforcement or Correctional Facilities
  • Civil Rights Liability for Private Parties: Color of Law and State Action
  • Avoiding and Defending Against RLUIPA Claims
  • How to Remove a Case to Federal Court


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