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stained glassAs a "pro se" the first thing to do is to ask yourself, "Am I sure that I want to represent myself?" In answering that question, you must keep this in mind: YOU WILL BE HELD TO THE STANDARDS OF A LAWYER. You should follow all the rules that apply to lawyers. If you fail to follow the rules, you may be subject to the same penalties as if you were a lawyer.

The Court personnel cannot answer any legal type of questions. We cannot assist you with the completion of the paperwork. Any legal questions will have to be directed to an attorney. The law prohibits court personnel from giving you legal advice or instruction on which forms you may need or how to complete them because they are not trained to do so. All cases are filed in the Clerk's office at the courthouse. All filings must be accompanied by self-addressed envelopes for all mailings to be done in the case. If mailings are to be sent by certified mail, please include the completed certified articles.

There is an old saying: "The person who represents himself has a fool for a client." There are at least two reasons for this saying. First, you will find that the legal process is complex and difficult to understand. The person on the other side of your case will probably be represented by a lawyer. Without a lawyer, you will be at a disadvantage. Second, you have a personal interest in the outcome of your case, which will deprive you of the objectivity you need to present your case effectively in court.

You improve your chances of winning your case when you have a lawyer represent you. We encourage you to consult with an attorney. You should make the decision to represent yourself carefully.

If you choose to represent yourself, you may find forms at the Indiana Self-Service Legal Center.

A link to the site is found below in the "Services" tab.


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