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Representing yourself in court

General tips for representing yourself

The court is a very traditional and polite place where a certain demeanor (way of acting) is expected. When you are representing yourself, you are trying to persuade a judge or court commissioner that you are right. You must act and speak in a way that helps you with your case.

Before you begin

Preparing your forms

Preparing for court

Going to court

General tips

Following these tips will go a long way toward helping you help yourself in court.

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