There has been an increase in the number of self-litigants in recent years. Parties to cases usually opt for self-litigation based on the complexity of the case or the difficulty to find or retain an appropriate lawyer. This article lists three important tips that you should remember as a self-litigant.
Do you need a lawyer’s services?
The first step is to determine whether you need a lawyer’s services. If you wish to self-represent in a complex civil or criminal matter, it is advised that you hire a lawyer.
Do adequate research
As a self-litigant, you must understand legal nuances to substantiate your arguments in court. Your contentions must be backed by law and evidence. You must be aware of the statutes applicable to your matter. Research extensively on precedents and judicial trends that are likely to work in your favor. Always cite authentic sources to support your analysis and assertions.
Know how to examine witnesses
You must know your witnesses’ stances well enough to have them support your case. Question your own witnesses and cross-examine the other party’s witnesses with the view to elicit answers that will work in your favor. Ensure that your witnesses are credible and well-informed so that they don’t turn hostile in court. However, never try to lead a witness by putting words in their mouth as it will only work against you.
So, if you are deciding to represent yourself in a court of law it is highly important that you have a team of experienced lawyers backing you up. Contact ACLS for help navigating the next step, and for filing your paperwork for your case. Our team of lawyers is at hand should you need one to represent you or should you need legal advice during the process.