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Court Help TopicThis section has been specifically created to help with understanding the court for those that are not represented by an attorney (also called “pro se”).  You are a pro se litigant if, for whatever reason, you are representing yourself in a lawsuit. Even if you do have legal representation you may still benefit from learning about the court system. 

Keep in mind that a court action can be difficult and complex. It can be difficult navigating the court system with or without an attorney. If you can afford an attorney then it is best to be represented. These are only general guidelines and information. Keep in mind that each court is unique and to always do with the judge tells you to do.

Self-Help GuideSelf-Help Guide Representing Yourself in Court

These CourtHelp™ resources have been developed for Arkansas residents searching for information about the Arkansas court system. We hope that these tools will help you get vital information about the court system. They have been designed to help you become familiar with the court system. It is our hope that this information will help you to be more prepared when starting a legal action, going to court, and how to follow-up after your case. Select a topic below that you would like to learn more about.

  • Evaluate Your Situation
    Knowing what type of case or issue you have is a very important first step and it will help you figure out how to proceed. The first question to consider is...
  • Before You File Papers with the Court
    The first step before filing any forms with the court is to learn about the law that applies to your situation and to learn the steps involved in a lawsuit...
  • Filing Your Papers with the Court
    Before a plaintiff can file a complaint with the court they must find the right court in which to file the lawsuit. Sometimes a case may be filed in one of several courts...
  • Notifying the other Party (Service)
    Providing “service of summons” means that you tell every person who will be involved in the court proceeding about your lawsuit. However, you have to tell the other people in a certain way...
  • How to Prepare Your Case and How to Present Your Case in Court
    No matter how strong of a case you may have, if you do not follow the proper procedures (rules) while in front of the judge, you will likely lose...
  • After Court: Win or Lose
    There is always paperwork that must be filled out and filed with the court after a case is heard.  This paperwork usually consists of what is called an order...
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