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Representing yourself in civil proceedings 


Everyone has the right to have their legal dispute resolved by a court or tribunal. 

Because the law is complicated, it is generally better for people who are involved in a court case to have a lawyer (a solicitor or barrister). 

But not everyone does. 

The term "self-re​presented litigant" is often applied to people who decide to run their own court proceedings without a legal representative. 

This se​​ction of the website is specifically aimed at assisting:

  • ​​self-represented litigan​ts currently involved in ongoing civil pro​ceedings 

  • people consid​​ering commencing new proceedings at the Supreme Court without legal representation

  • people who currently have a lawyer in an ongoing civil case but are investigating the possibility o​​​f representing themselves in the future.

The aim of the content​​ presented here is to help people:

  • ​​​​understand the Court's most important rules and procedures which must be followed by everyone, whether or not they have a lawyer

  • locate court rules relevant to civil proceedings, and other helpful resources, easily and quickly.

Non​​e of the information set out in this section should be interpreted as:

  • ​a substitute for legal advice

  • a substitute for legislative requirements or court rules

  • specifically relevant to probate applications

  • applicable to criminal proceedings. 

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