Can I represent myself in a circuit court case?
An attorney is professionally obligated to do what is best for you, the client. For that reason, it is always advisable to use an attorney. Sometimes, especially if you cannot afford to hire an attorney, you might be eligible for free or reduced-cost legal services. Courts offer some self-help services that will provide you with additional assistance and information. For more information on free or reduced-cost legal services or the self help services available, go to the Peoples-Law Library webiste. They also have a useful quiz to help you decide if you might be successful handling a case on your own.
Peoples-Law Library (self-help)
Peoples-Law Library (free of reduced cost)
In Calvert County, assistance with a family law matter is available on the second floor of the Courthouse every Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Assistance is offered on a first come, first served basis. Sign-up begins at 8:30 am. Other assistance is available through the Family Law Hotline: operated every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-4:30 @ 800-845-8550; Pro Se Hotline (Women's Law Center) can assist with completing forms. Hours are Tuesday 9:00-12:30, Wednesday 9:00-12:30 and 4:00-7:00 pm, Thursday 9:00-4:00, and Friday 9:00-12:30 at 800-818-9888. Click here for more information.
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