Last Updated 1 March 2019
What is Self-representation?
Who can Self-represent?
Help for Self-represented Litigants
Practical Tips for Self-represented Litigants
Resources for Self-represented Litigants
Family Law Proceedings for Self-represented Litigants
Not everyone involved in legal proceedings is represented by a lawyer. Some courts and tribunals also require people to represent themselves. Where legal representation is allowed, people may not be able to afford to pay a lawyer or may not be able to access free help from Legal Aid Queensland, a community legal centre or a lawyer willing to provide their services on a pro bono (free) basis.
This chapter sets out some general information for people representing themselves in civil and family law proceedings. It is advisable for defendants to criminal proceedings to seek legal representation.