Non-Lawyer Guide

This information is provided as a courtesy. It does not represent legal advice. If you choose to represent yourself, you should be aware that you are presumed to have knowledge of the applicable statutes and rules and must be prepared to accept the consequences of any mistaken understandings, even if the case is not litigated. Also, you will be bound by the same rules of procedure and evidence as attorneys who are licensed to practice law.

If you are planning to represent yourself (appear "Pro Se"), you will need to acquaint yourself with all of the rules, procedures and/or policies pertaining to your case. This includes the rules promulgated by the state agency responsible for the decision you are appealing.

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The following information can assist you in representing yourself:

For Workers' Compensation Cases

Overview of the Workers' Compensation Claim Process

Guide to Representing Yourself in a Workers' Compensation Proceeding

Overview of Workers' Compensation Proceedings

For Public Benefit and General Services Cases

Guide to Representing Yourself in a General Services Proceeding

Procedure for Intentional Program Violation Hearings

Summary of Hearing Procedures

For Mediations

Please refer to the Mediation Overview