Representing yourself in court


Contributor: Jessica Richter, Lawyer

Victorians have the right to represent themselves in court. The decision should be made only after carefully considering your options. Free legal advice is available from Victoria Legal Aid. When deciding whether or not to self-represent, ask or read about the court or tribunal you are going to appear in. This section includes the following topics:

Attending court: your options

Preparing to represent yourself

Representing yourself in a criminal case in the Magistrates’ Court

Representing yourself in a civil case

Representing yourself in a family law case

Learn more about various courts and tribunals

Contacts and resources


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