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Representing yourself in court: What's involved?

More and more people are starting their legal proceedings without being represented by a lawyer, whether by choice or because they lack the financial resources. In cases of divorce or separation, the court can’t force you to hire a lawyer. However, representing yourself in court comes with a few challenges. Here is an overview of what this involves.

Drafting your own legal documents

Without a lawyer, you’ll have to draft the documents needed for your legal proceedings on your own. Therefore, you must have sufficient mastery of French or English and be able to use a computer.

It’s important to note that written applications filed with the court must comply with certain formalities. Unfortunately, guides or free models are not always available to help you draft your documents. Therefore, you may need to do research to complete your file.


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The information presented on this page is not a legal opinion or legal advice. This page explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. To obtain a legal opinion or legal advice on your personal situation, consult a legal professional.

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