Self Represented Parties
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. What to expect – Video tutorial
Additionally, you will need to familiarize yourself with any pertinent OAC Policies. In some non-public benefits cases you will need to familiarize yourself with:
The OAC has also prepared a Non-Lawyer’s Guide to OAC proceedings that you may find helpful.
Please be advised that the clerks at the Office of Administrative Courts are prohibited by law from giving legal advice. The clerks can tell you what a procedure entails, but are not permitted to advise you as to how to proceed.
If you would like to consult with an attorney, you may want to contact any attorney of your choosing, Colorado Legal Services or your local bar association.
In Public Benefits cases, you may be represented by a non-attorney. You will need to document that you have given the non-attorney authority to represent you by either submitting a Representative Authorization or Non-Attorney Representative Form, a General Power of Attorney or a Letter from the appellant specifically stating that they appoint a representative.