Self Represented Litigants

Self Represented Litigants

​The Oakland County Circuit Court recognizes the growing number of individuals who are pursuing legal action without benefit of a an attorney. Individuals who represent themselves are referred to as a "pro se" or "self-represented" litigant and are acting as their own attorney.  Please be advised that this site does not provide legal advice. The laws of Michigan do not allow the employees of the court or the judge to give you legal advice. Resources that may be of benefit to self represented litigants are listed below. The court does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the information found on these sites. Websites listed below have been screened for basic reliability at the time of inclusion but are subject to change as could volunteer schedules. Please keep in mind that many free legal aid services are based on an individuals need and proof of indigency may be required.

  

On-Site Assistance

Since 2009, the Legal Aid and Defender Association (LAD), in conjunction with the Oakland County Bar Association, has provided a help desk in the main lobby of the courthouse. The help desk is located in the lobby of the north entrance of the courthouse and is currently open on the fourth Thursday of every month from noon to 2 p.m. For additional information about the help desk, call LAD’s Oakland County office at 248-253-1548.

The Michigan Legal Self-Help Center of Oakland County is located in the Oakland County Adams-Pratt Law Library in the Oakland County Courthouse, Building 14 East - 2nd Floor, at 1200 N. Telegraph Rd. in Pontiac.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00 pm. In addition to the online MichiganLegalHelp.org tools, self-help center staff (called ‘navigators’) will be available to help visitors find what they need on the website, answer questions about court practices and processes, and answer simple questions about forms that are available on the website. Please be advised navigators cannot give legal advice.

The Common Ground Legal Aid Clinic is hosted by the Oakland County Adams-Pratt Law Library every Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Individuals may come for a free consultation with a licensed attorney on any legal matter. Participation is on a first come, first served walk-in basis.  For more information, please contact Common Ground at 1-800-231-1127.

Lakeshore Legal Aid and Thomas Cooley Law School partner to provide legal aid clinics and legal services to low income residents of Oakland County or low income individuals with family law cases in Oakland County. This program is referred to as the Family Law Assistance Program or F.L.A.P. For more information visit https://www.oakgov.com/libraries/Pages/events/familylaw.aspx

The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Aid Clinic is hosted by the Oakland County Adams-Pratt Law Library and offers qualifying low income individuals free legal assistance on Family Law, Immigration or Estate Planning. For more information visit the library at https://www.oakgov.com/libraries/Pages/default.aspx or call (248) 858-0012
  

Community Resources

The Oakland County Bar Association  also offers a variety of community education programs as well as free legal aid clinics around Oakland County. Information is available at http://www.ocba.org/for-the-public/

 

On-Line Resources

The State Court Administrative Office offers a great deal of information for self represented litigants. To use their Self Help Center please visit http://courts.mi.gov/self-help/center/pages/default.aspx
 
Michigan Legal Help is an online resource from the Legal Service Corporation, a Federal non-profit organization, in conjunction with the Michigan State Bar Foundation. The web address is http://www.michiganlegalhelp.org/
 
Court forms approved for use by the State Court Administrative Office can be found at http://courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/Forms/Pages/search-for-a-form.aspx
 
Oakland County specific forms are available here
 
A glossary of legal terminology is available from the American Bar Association.
 
Oakland County Friend of the Court Forms
 
Michigan Secretary of State Information on Drivers License Restoration
 
Oakland County e-filing FAQ's.
 
Oakland County Clerk's Office E-filing Information.
 

Veterans and Military Families 

Many special services are available to our Nations veterans and servicemembers. The State of Michigan Attorney Generals Office has compiled lists of resources and assistance programs for veterans as well as active servicemembers, and their families which can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/ag/0,4534,7-164-65798---,00.html
 
Local Oakland County Veterans Services Information can be located at https://www.oakgov.com/veterans/Pages/default.aspx
 

Related Links 

ADA Information

Circuit Court Motions

Limited English Proficiency

Translated Forms from SCAO

Request form for Court Appointed Attorney