Supreme Court of Tasmania

Self Represented Litigants

If you want to bring a civil action in the Supreme Court but you:

  • cannot afford the services of a lawyer;
  • cannot find a lawyer willing to take on your case; or
  • deliberately choose not to be represented,

then you can appear in court as a self represented litigant.

Registry staff can assist you with information on court processes and procedures but they cannot give you legal advice. The Tasmanian Legal Handbook is a useful resource for those representing themselves in court.

For more detailed information on representing your self in court see How to Prepare for a Hearing. Details of organisations that are available to help people with legal problems can be found on the Legal Advice page. The Civil Litigants page will provide you with information on court processes, court etiquette and links to Court Practice Directions and appropriate legislation.