Pro se is Latin for ‘for oneself’ thus literally meaning ‘on behalf of oneself’. Unlike criminal cases where the government appoints legal representation for those who can’t afford a lawyer, parties in civil cases don’t have that privilege. Thus, if you go pro se, be prepared to see it to completion.
Three of five people in civil cases are there without a lawyer. Do they all want to be there alone? No, but most have no choice. There are though many good reasons to represent yourself in court. Below are our top 10.
Evidence is mounting that we’ve lost our collective minds. When courts need reminding that poverty is not a criminal offense — in 2016 — it’s time to reboot the system.
When you represent yourself in court a second or third time, there are some things you know for sure. Early decisions on strategy are helpful. Good legal research will come in handy. Staying organized is critical. And time is of the essence. You need a case management solution designed for pro se litigants.
Sometimes when a thing starts to fall apart, it does so gradually. No one recognizes the damage for what it is until the thing is in tatters. Or, people recognize that the thing is falling apart and are not fully aware of how to fix it. After all, it worked for a long time. In the latter case, they prop it up with […]
So many articles, blogs and blog comments by lawyers bemoan the presence of self-represented litigants in court. Let’s take a look at the other side. As American citizens who want to represent themselves in court, pro se litigants often have to cope with supercilious lawyers. Maybe arrogant, disdainful or smug behavior from lawyers stems from law school […]
The increase in the number of pro se litigants has sparked recent innovations by clerks and judges. Just a decade or so ago, pro se litigants had few resources for assistance with their cases. Now, they have many more resources. They can, for instance, make use of court-sponsored self-help sites. The sites feature links to […]