Representing Yourself in Court - Pro Se Answer

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There are many reasons why people represent themselves in court without a lawyer. In criminal cases, if you can't afford a lawyer, the court will appoint a lawyer for you. In civil cases, however, you do not have the right to a court-appointed lawyer.

For small claims cases, you are not allowed to have a lawyer, so everyone in small claims court represents themselves.

Below you will find information about representing yourself in court. It is always a good idea to have a lawyer represent you. You can visit CourtHelp to find more information about the Arkansas court system, how to prepare for court, where to file, and more.


  • Fact Sheet - Filing a Pro Se Answer (View as PDF | View as HTML)
  • Fact Sheet - In Forma Pauperis Instructions. This guide offers directions on how to seek a waiver for court filing fees.
  • Fact Sheet - In Forma Pauperis and Sample Forms
  • Fact Sheet - Service by Publication (Warning Order)
  • Form - In Forma Pauperis Affidavit
  • Form - In Forma Pauperis Petition
  • Form - In Forma Pauperis Order




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