Can I Represent myself in Court?

Representing yourself (“litigant in person”) can prove difficult. Although the current legal system is designed to allow self-representation, in terms of practicality this puts the litigant in person at a distinct disadvantage.

The first disadvantage for the litigant in person is the inability to recover costs. The second disadvantage is the litigant in person is unlikely to effectively comprehend the technicality of court procedures. You may have a good case, but in the long run you can still lose out if you have not conducted the case as required. Third is not having specific legal knowledge. Fourth, the pressure involved when up against an opponent in court or claiming an action against someone who has done you wrong can be an overwhelming process.

This leaves you with two choices: first, you may consider instructing a solicitor. This is not always the best course of action due to the high costs associated with a solicitor. Your second option may be to seek advice from a Citizen’s Advice Bureau. However, their advice services are undermined by having limited resources available to them. The Law Clinic recognizes both of these problems and eliminates them by offering you a cost-effective alternative legal service with the capacity to offer advice for even the most intricate legal issues.

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