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Representing Yourself


You have a right to represent yourself in all court cases. People who represent themselves in court are called "Pro Se" or "Self-Represented" litigants. Pro Se is a Latin phrase that means "for yourself."

Representing yourself in a legal proceeding is not an easy decision. Before you decide to represent yourself, ask yourself whether it wouldn't be better use of your time and money to consult with or hire an attorney who knows the law and can give you advice about what to do, how to do it, and what your chances are of getting what you want.

Court staff can provide valuable information to you. But, there are limitations on what information can be given. The court can’t give you legal advice, so you may be interested in Finding Legal Assistance. Use the helpful links on this website to learn more about representing yourself.

Generally, a corporation must appear by an attorney (CPLR 321), which means an attorney must commence or answer a case, and handle all aspects of a case when the party is a corporation.

However, in Small Claims Court, a corporation can be represented by an attorney or by any authorized officer, director or employee of the corporation (CCA §1809) as long as the non-lawyer, who appears in defense of the corporation, has the power to bind the corporation in a settlement or trial. In commercial claims, a corporation may appear, as a claimant or defendant, by an attorney as well as by an authorized officer, director or employee of the corporation (CCA § 1809-A) as long as the non-lawyer who appears for of the corporation has the power to bind the corporation in a settlement or trial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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