Self Representation

If you want to bring a civil action in the Supreme Court or have been charged with a crime 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 represent yourself in court. If you cannot afford a lawyer it may be possible to apply for Legal Aid. Please refer to this page for further details.

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.

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.