Friday, January 2, 2009

Defending Yourself in Court - When Does Becoming a Pro Se (Self Representative) Litigant Really Make Sense?

Pro Se Litigant

They say that he who has himself for a lawyer has a fool for a client. This may indeed be true, however, I personally believe that a well informed "fool" as they would like to call him, can actually be more effective in Court under certain circumstances, especially if he puts all his heart into it.

Under What Circumstances is Self Representation a Wise Move

  • When you believe in your abilities more than in your lawyer's
  • If you possess enough confidence in yourself and are willing to make mistakes, even if they could represent a potentially unpleasant ending.
  • If you are willing to spend long hours, days, months and even years in the law library working harder than you have ever worked in your entire life.
  • When a lawyer refuses to ask for something, file a motion or submit any petition that you believe is essential to making your case in court.
  • If you don't have enough money to pay for effective legal representation. The word "Effective" should be the focus here.
The Hammer of Justice

Keep in mind that many times you can ask for free or low cost expert legal assistance by filing an in forma pauperis petition requesting government appointed legal representation. There are many good lawyers at the public defenders office. There are also many bad ones who just try to flip cases like if they were flipping burgers without really caring what happens to their client, so you have to be the judge.

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