How Can I File A Lawsuit Without An Attorney?

Anyone that is a U.S. citizen has the right to represent themselves in court and file a lawsuit on their own behalf. A person that represents themselves in this manner is called an Attorney Pro Se. If you decide to file a lawsuit Pro Se you must still comply with all the rules of procedure in the court. To do this you must prepare all the paperwork in accordance to the law, submit that to the right authorities and in the right time period, and comply with the rules of the court while it the case is being tried. When you file a lawsuit this way you must have enough knowledge of the system to ensure that your case is not dismissed.

Will The Clerk Of The Court Help Me With The Filing Of Paperwork When I File Without An Attorney

The Clerk of the Court is not authorized to give out legal advice. If they find that the paperwork you are submitting is incorrect or late they can deny accepting it, but they cannot tell you how to amend the mistake. This is why it is crucial if you file a lawsuit without an attorney that you understand how the system works. Filing Pro Se states that you understand the court and do not need assistance.

Can I Represent Myself In A Criminal Case

You are entitled to represent yourself without an attorney in a criminal case just as in a civil suit. However, the court may appoint an attorney to you as a guide for the trial. A case can be sent to the Appellate Court if the defendant was not properly represented in the trial. Most criminal courts try to dissuade defendant from self representation to ensure that they receive a fair trial.

12 Responses to “How Can I File A Lawsuit Without An Attorney?”

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  4. Donna Larsen says:

    Actually you are wrong in one respect… if a pro se submits paperwork that is done wrong the clerk can tell them what is wrong (and most likely will) and will also either tell them how to ammend the problem or point them to literature that will explain everything. At least in Washington State and in Federal Court.

  5. The only time it is smart to represent yourself is in personal injury matters where the value of the claim is very small and small claims court is where you file. When you are going to be facing opposition that has an attorney representing them, it’s like playing one on one basketball with a professional basketball player. You will lose.

  6. joe mauro says:

    I was hit by a drunk driver who ran a red light and suffered broken leg,wrist,ribs and concusion

  7. Susan says:

    OK, then, so I can’t file until I know how the system works. How do you find out how the system works? Are there directions?

  8. Alex says:

    I am a surviving relative of a murder victim. Probate was filed illegally (twice) and the court is refusing to address the fraud committed by the self-appointed successor trustee. Cedar Sinai Medical Center claims the victim was not one of their patients and the mortuary claims to have cremated a body that Cedar Sinai somehow never recorded. According to the FBI, I am delusional however, the FBI might be acting on a directive from the White House because the current Press Secretary knows me personally; and apparently so does his wife. I have taken my case to law firms in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. London, Paris, Netherlands, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Hong Kong; none have acknowledged me. In fact, lawyers refuse to talk to me or even take my phone calls. I have no other choice but file a criminal lawsuit on my own behalf; except I have no idea how to do that. The federal government of my own country has been targeting me for the last six years, I am harassed on a daily basis and exploited in the media; which is perfectly legal in the United States because although my name is “famous,” my image and likeness are not “famous.” I have lived a high profile life but I am not a celebrity. Where do I begin?

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