What is Pro Se?

I often get asked, “What is Pro Se”?

Pro Se is when you go to court unrepresented by an attorney. You might be asking yourself why in the hell anyone would want to do that. The are several advantages and drawbacks.

Pro Se is Latin for “For Oneself” .This status is sometimes known as propria persona (often abbreviated to “pro per”).

Pro Se litigants are generally granted more leeway than attorneys in there filings. “Pleadings in this case are being filed by Plaintiff In Propria Persona, wherein pleadings are to be considered without regard to technicalities. Propria, pleadings are not to be held to the same high standards of perfection as practicing lawyers.

See Haines v. Kerner 92 Sct 594, also See Power 914 F2d 1459 (11th
Cir1990), also See Hulsey v. Ownes 63 F3d 354 (5th Cir 1995). also See In
Re: HALL v. BELLMON 935 F.2d 1106 (10th Cir. 1991).”

As you can read, this gives us a little wiggle room if our pleadings are not technically perfect. Also, if you do make a mistake you can always correct it. So don’t let the inevitability of you making a mistake deter you from filing a lawsuit if your rights have been violated.

There are situations where you cannot be Pro Se. You cannot represent a company or have a class action without an attorney. If this is your situation, unfortunately you will need the services of an attorney.

If you have any questions please let me know, Boiler

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