You Said It Column December 10, 2008

• People usually represent themselves in court because they cannot afford to hire an attorney. There was a reference in a recent article to “pro se” litigants placing a burden on the court system, and the old saw that one who represents one’s self has a fool for an attorney. Hiring a lawyer does not guarantee one will not have a fool for an attorney. I have a wonderful attorney and appreciate her, but understand the plight of those who must go the pro se route. If the judges and clerks, whose salaries are paid by the taxpayers, find their duties onerous, burdensome, because of self-represented litigants, perhaps they should consider a career change.


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