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Thursday, May 22, 2014

What You Need to Know About Representing Yourself in Court

If you represent yourself in Court, you are expected to understand the law, rules and procedures that apply to your case. You will need to follow those in presenting your case to the court and getting your matter resolved, whether by settling with the other party, using an appropriate administrative process or going to trial.

You cannot come to Court and tell the judge that you are not a lawyer and do not understand what you are supposed to do. The judge cannot give you legal advice about your case nor make decisions based on your lack of legal knowledge or understanding. They must follow the law. They may suggest you speak with an attorney, but cannot recommend specific individuals or firms to you.

For more information on representing yourself, visit the Alameda County Superior Court.

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