- Legal Help
- The Court System in Tennessee
- Understand Important Legal Terms
- How to Find a Lawyer
- Representing Yourself in Court
- Court Forms You May Need
- Find Resources in Your County
- Find Information on Many Topics
- Alternatives to Court
- Email an Attorney
- Legal Clinics in Tennessee
Representing Yourself in Court
If you are handling your legal case without a lawyer, you are “representing yourself.” The courts call this “pro se.” You do not have to have a lawyer to handle a legal problem. But it’s best to get advice and information about your case from a lawyer.
These resources can help you if you do not have your own lawyer.
- Each court has its own set of Local Rules that you and the lawyers must follow.
- Some courts have websites with information about their courts. To find out if your court has a website, click on your county on this map or list of counties in Tennessee.
- How to File and Appeal at the Appellate Court. This guide is for people who lost their case and want to appeal to a higher court. The Appellate Court Clerk's webpage explains appellate court rules and how to contact the Appellate Court Clerk by email.
For more resources and information, go to:
Legal Aid Resources
There are many legal aid agencies that help people who do not have lawyers. These agencies may help you or give you information about your legal problem.
- What to Expect in Court, by Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS)
- How to represent yourself in a civil (not criminal) case in General Sessions Court, by Legal Aid of East Tennessee
- Free booklets on landlord-tenant problems, bankruptcy, and many more, on the TennLegalAid website
- Information about your legal rights and how to solve some legal problems yourself, by Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
- Information about Child Support, Custody, Debt Problems, Housing, Public Benefits, and more, by West Tennessee Legal Services.
- Information about Conservatorships, Divorce, Money Problems, Adoption, and more, by Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
- Should you represent yourself in court? A checklist, by Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
Important! Court employees are not allowed to make referrals to lawyers, do legal research, or give legal advice.