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REPRESENTING YOURSELF IN CIRCUIT AND CHANCERY COURTS

We work with lawyers, judges and clerks to make representing yourself a feasible goal for those persons who cannot obtain a lawyer.  Still, we remain convinced that some advice from lawyers is essential in many if not most cases. Lawsuits are complicated and can produce unexpected difficulties. A lawyer can be a valuable guide and counselor, either through full representation or limited representation, when you need assistance.

Only a portion of the forms below will be needed in a given case. Please read the instruction booklet "Circuit and Chancery Courts" and any others that you need before deciding which forms to select. They contain careful instructions. Click on the booklets and forms that you need. They may be opened in your browser by clicking on the name, or you may right-click on the name and choose to save the file to your hard drive. You must download forms and cannot complete them online. All forms are Microsoft Word documents except as indicated. All booklets are in Adobe Acrobat.

Explanatory Booklets

Pages

Circuit and Chancery Courts (required reading) 14
Should You Represent Yourself? 3
Limited Legal Representation (a lower cost alternative) 1
Serving Legal Process 3
Serving Process by the Secretary of State 13
Mediation 3
How to Prepare for a Hearing or Trial (essential reading) 4
Court Costs 1
Legal Words You May Need to Know 5
How to Subpoena Witnesses and Documents 3
Collecting a Judgment 1

Common Mistakes

2

Total 

53

   

Description of Circuit and Chancery Court Forms

Pages

Initial Filing in the Clerk’s Office:  

Civil Case Cover Sheet

1

Affidavit of Indigency

2

Summons

1

Service by Publication

2

Initial Pleadings:  

Complaint

1

Answer to Complaint

1

Amendment to Pleading

1

Subsequent Filings by Fax rather than in Person or by Mail:  

Fax Cover Sheet

1

Motions:  

Motion (of Many Types)

1

Affidavit Regarding Motion

1

Response to Motion

1

Motion for Restraining Order or Injunction

2

Motion to Continue

1

Motion to Set Date for Trial

1

Motion for Dismissal by Plaintiff

1

Motion for Default Judgment

1

Affidavit to Support Default Judgment

1

Orders:  

Order (of Many Types)

1

Order on Motion to Continue

1

Order Setting Date of Trial

1

Restraining Order or Injunction

2

Mediation:  

Agreement to Mediate

1

Motion for Mediation

1

Order Regarding Mediation

2

Final Report of Mediator

1

Mediated Agreement and Judgment

1

Preparation for Trial:  

Discovery Requests

3

Subpoena

1

Notice of Deposition

1

Witness and Exhibit Lists

1

Concluding the Case:  

Order of Dismissal

1

Default Judgment

1

Final Decree

1

After the Trial:  

Motion for Installment Payments

2

Garnishment

2

Motion to Quash Garnishment

1

Notice of Appeal

1

Total 

46

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