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A person acting as their own legal representation.

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Can a pro se defendant make statements of fact in his opening and closing arguments?

If a defendant in a criminal case testifies on the stand, then they must submit to cross examination, which is not good for them. However, if a defendant is conducting his case pro se, then can he ...
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my attorney allowed me to appear pro se, to my detriment [on hold]

My attorneys allowed me to appear "pro se" in front of a judge in a "show cause" hearing which they attended. The outcome was detrimental to me. Have you ever heard of such a situation? The ...
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loaded questions in pseudo-legal scenario

How is a loaded question dealt with in a legal, or legalistic, context? Is there particular language which is typically employed, or is there a strategy which is particularly effective? The specific ...
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Can a lawyer advise a pro se litigant for technical purposes, without representing them?

May an attorney or legal advisor sit with a pro se litigant to advise on admissibility and/or rules in an Adversarial Chapter 11 proceeding?
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How does a pro se defendant subpoena digital evidence for the defense?

In specific, if partial evidence of blackmail and witness intimidation, (death threats), were to be made public on the web and in direct text, how would the defense go about gaining access to the ...
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Can more recent evidence be considered in an appeal?

I requested an impartial special education hearing to establish eligibility under IDEA for my son. I lost at hearing but won on review. (I am in a "two tier" state, New York.) The evidence ...
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Does a defendant in a criminal misdemeanor trial have to show up for announcement?

I noticed that for speeding tickets and class C misdemeanors in our county court in Texas, the court will many times schedule an announcement repeatedly. If a defendant shows up for the announcement ...
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When can a defendant in a criminal trial introduce evidence?

I was watching a criminal speeding trial in Texas a few weeks ago. The defendant was acting pro se. A police dash-cam video apparently existed of the incident and the defendant was in possession of it....
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Can a person appear in court pro se with counsel?

I already know about the possible folly for doing this, so my question is not how wise would this be, but rather: In some criminal trials, defendants have multiple attorneys working the case. In OJ ...
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What is the winning ratio of pro-se defendants in U.S. criminal cases?

In cases where a criminal defendant rejects the service of counsel and defends himself pro se, how often is he acquitted?
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How to describe harassment by opposing lawyer in hearing?

I was recently involved in a special education impartial hearing. I was pro se. The school district's lawyer harassed me when I was testifying, and one of my expert witnesses, as well, with her body ...
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How do I take my child's school district to court (NY)?

I received an emailed letter from the superintendent of my child's school district, notifying me that I am prohibited from entering my child's school without a prior appointment. Failure to comply ...
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When is an email message admissible evidence?

I am a parent who is pursuing a special education impartial hearing without a lawyer. I have learned (in the hearing) that I can question district employee A about an email message I sent to that ...
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Alternative to “Isn't it true that…?” when questioning witnesses

I am a parent who is going to a special education impartial hearing without a lawyer. I have read that with school district witnesses, I am allowed to ask questions of the form "Isn't it true that...?...
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Citation of newspaper articles for inclusion in a legal exhibit

I am preparing my exhibits for a special education impartial hearing. The requirements are less stringent than for a court case. If I can satisfy the requirements for a court case, I will be fine. ...
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Can a power of attorney allow you to act “pro se” on behalf of the issuer?

Anyone can represent themselves in a court of law, if he or she doesn't want, or can't afford, a lawyer. On the other hand, only lawyers who have passed the bar in a state are allowed to represent ...
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What motion follows a failure to show cause?

I am representing myself. I filed a motion to terminate probation on April 8th, the motion was received by a judge on the 11th and he issued an order of rule to show cause to the district attorney's ...
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How successful are non-lawyers when filing declaratory judgements?

First, note that I wanted to ask the question "how hard is it to file and argue a declaratory judgment?" But that would have probably been a subjective question. But if you could include in your ...
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Unable to afford a lawyer, can I go into court by myself?

A lot of people are unable to afford a public defender, so I was wondering if this is possible.
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What are the potential pitfalls of representing oneself pro se?

Where do pros se litigants most often fail? Is it because of ignorance of legal protocols? Is it because they use overly aggressive tactics that most lawyers wouldn't use? Is it because they failed to ...
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What resources are available to a pro se litigant?

Suppose I am not a professional lawyer but I have standing and want to bring a case to court pro se. To make this widely applicable and more readily answerable: Suppose I want to file a 42 USC 1983 ...