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SHOULD YOU REPRESENT YOURSELF IN COURT? :THE RISKS OF SELF-REPRESENTATION

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Why Representing Yourself in Court Can Be a Costly Mistake

Those facing criminal charges and are considering representing themselves in court are urged to think again.

Those facing criminal charges and are considering representing themselves in court are urged to think again.

Self-represented cases are not uncommon in Queensland courts.


The ‘appeal’ of choosing to represent yourself in court (to go without legal representation) is primarily due to the fear of costly expense. However self-represented cases often end up with an outcome that is far from desirable - and costly in more ways than one.


Self-Representation Is Not Devoid Of Costs


Opting for a cheaper, short-term solution may seem like a good idea, but it can end up causing more harm than good in the long run. People who choose to represent themselves in the Queensland courts often encounter more problems and expenses as opposed to those who hire a professional lawyer to represent them.


Some individuals may assume that their case is ‘minor’, and that they can handle it on their own without any issues. However, without the necessary skills and knowledge of the legal system (which Is exceptionally diverse), they may end up with an outcome that is worse than expected or more expensive than they planned.


For these reasons, it is always important to err on the side of caution and prioritise long-term outcomes over short-term savings.


It Is Not The Stress-Free Option


Dealing with charges of any sort is an incredibly stressful experience. However, navigating the legal system alone is a different kind of stress altogether - one that can be daunting for both first-time and experienced individuals. While self-representation in court may appear to be an easy and cost-effective option, for many, it can take a significant toll on their mental health.


Complex Legal Matters Should Always Be Left To The Professionals


Representing oneself in court is not an easy task. It requires a comprehensive understanding of the legal system in Australia. Failing to comprehend the relevant acts and laws can leave you unprepared to navigate the court proceedings, resulting in an unfavourable outcome.


No ordinary individual will ever have a thorough-enough knowledge of the legal system to handle these matters correctly. That's where lawyers come in. They will have extensive experience and education in the Australian legal system. So, it is always wise to seek their guidance and expertise if you wish to ensure a positive outcome.


Make The Right Choice


To avoid stress, complications and an unfavourable outcome in your court case - contact Creevey Horrell Lawyers today.

Our team of professional lawyers can assist you in navigating the complex legal system and ensure that your case is handled with the utmost care and attention. Don't go through this challenging time alone. Receive the support and guidance you need. Contact us today.


Creevey Horrell Lawyers


Based in Brisbane, Roma, Toowoomba and Townsville.


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