Saturday, November 19, 2011

Supreme Court Pro Se Committee

Thought this link might interest some. Please keep in mind, no matter if you seek council of a lawyer or not, it is important that you know the statutes, policies, etc. particular to your concerns.

For those in Family Court, here is a very good starting point. It is State Statute Summaries based on certain issues in our family courts>>

So do read the information below. Hey, it isn't easy, but at least do some research so you can understand the basics.

Supreme Court Pro Se Committee

The United States Supreme Court has recognized that natural persons have a right to represent themselves, which it described as "a basic right of free people." Faretta v. California, 422 U.S. 806, 95 S.Ct. 2525, 45 L.Ed.2d 562 (1975). Nebraska has said that an individual may represent him or herself and participate in trials and legal proceedings on his or her own behalf. Waite v. Carpenter, 1 Neb. App. 321, 496 N.W.2d 1 (1992)(citing State v. Warford, 223 Neb. 368, 389 N.W.2d 575 (1986). The Nebraska Constitution at art. I § 13 provides that "all courts shall be open, and every person, for any injury done him or her in his or her lands, goods, persons or reputation, shall have a remedy by due course of law and justice administered without denial or delay." This provision is often referred to as the "open courts" clause. It is in the spirit of these laws that the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Pro Se Litigation was formed. For more information on the Pro Se Committee’s projects, click on the links below: