The ongoing deterioration of the legal system in the US and its negative effects on citizens seeking to defend themselves in court extends to the highest reaches of the judiciary. While it’s true that the poor state of the judiciary is not news (take the Bush v. Gore debacle as one glaring example), the Supreme Court went out on a limb again. A humorous article on the US Supreme Court’s not-so-funny decision to effectively bar pro se litigants from arguing before it shows the measures the Court will take to give pro se litigants the Al Gore treatment.
Rule 28.8 states: “Oral arguments may be presented only by members of the Bar of this Court. Attorneys who are not members of the Bar of this Court may make a motion to argue pro hac vice under the provisions of Rule 6.”
In short, they want us out. On the other hand, lawyers have a great opportunity here. You esquires extraordinaire, go out and hunt down a pro se litigant and throw open the doors of justice for them with your polished oratory.
Read the full article: R.I.P. Pro Se Litigants Before the Supreme Court.