Going to court on your own, without a lawyer, is called representing yourself. There are things you can do to help yourself to prepare and present your case.

Reading the 'Going to Court: Self-represented Parties in Family Law Matters' workbook is a good place to start.

The 'Going to Court' workbook contains information on:

  • getting legal advice
  • proving your case
  • what the hearing process is like
  • what happens at the end of the hearing

Click here to go to, and download the workbook.  The workbook also contains worksheets and checklists that will help you to prepare your case for court.

This workbook was a collaborative effort between the Nova Scotia Judiciary, the Nova Scotia Department of Justice Court Services, and Nova Scotia Legal Aid.

August 2015