Representing yourself in court
Everyone has the right to represent yourself before the trial, and the court may even allow you to act as a lawyer in your own defense at trial. The law refers to self-representation as ‘pro se’ representation. If you request to continue pro se, the judge must allow you to represent yourself if he or she determines that you are mentally or physically able to represent yourself, that you are making an informed and voluntary decision to give up your constitutional right to counsel, and that you are aware of the disadvantages of self-representation.
Categories: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Other Law Areas, Trials