It might be overwhelming when faced with a civil case and having no finances to hire an attorney. No need to panic as you have the right to appear pro se to cut on the expenses of working with a legal representative. You represent yourself in court without any legal help.
To successfully defend yourself, you should be aware of the critical areas of concern about pro se litigation. Here are the most commonly asked questions about pro se litigation:
What does pro se litigation mean?
Pro se litigation is the process where a party to a legal proceeding represent themselves in court without the help of any attorney. According to statute 28 U.S.C. § 1654, you have the right to represent yourself in any civil case within the federal court.
What should I know as I appear pro se?
You should file an appearance form with the court’s clerk. Some details you’ll be required to fill in are; your name, signature, telephone number, and address. The form is proof that you’re representing yourself and the personal details help the court to contact you in case of anything.
You can access the court law libraries to research legal issues or questions about your case. This prepares you to represent yourself confidently before the jury. We will research for you if you need more time to gather data.
Can I consult a court employee for legal guidance?
No, court clerks, secretaries, or librarians are forbidden from sharing legal advice. These employees can only guide you on where to find resources to research your case. You can consider consulting experts if you’re stuck on where to start. We help you do all the legal pleadings, research, and appeals.
What should I do if I need legal advice and can’t afford an attorney?
You’ll have access to our legal techniques and procedures to help you win the case. These resources are never provided by the lawyers, compromising your defense.
How long will it take to receive my case ruling?
There is no definite period to when your case is decided. Courts attend to cases depending on the order in which they’re presented for review. Your case is ready for a court review if you’ve filled out required briefs, complied with outstanding orders, and all motions relating to your case have been ruled.
Work with Legal Experts
You’ll need professional guidance and adequate resources to win a case through pro se litigation. At ProAdvocate Group, we offer legal resources to help you defend yourself without hiring expensive attorneys. Contact us today to get help as you appear pro se.