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Can I represent myself?

You can represent yourself in court, but it is always recommended that you at least get some legal advice.  When you act as your own lawyer, this is called being ‘self-represented.’

People sometimes self-represent because they want to act as their own lawyer, but often it is because they cannot get a lawyer. This may be because they do not qualify for legal aid, and cannot afford to hire their own lawyer. Many people represent themselves in family court matters for this reason.

Even if you start the court process on your own, you can hire a lawyer or consult with one for advice at any time.

Video: I can't afford a lawyer. What should I know about representing myself?

The following video was made available through the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick and Family Law NB.

Last updated on October 15, 2019 - 12:15pm

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