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Bute v. Illinois

Self Representation

  • Sixty-one percent of middle-income people with legal problems have had no interaction with the country's judicial system.
  • More than half of couples going through a divorce received it without legal representation.
  • In 88 percent of divorce cases at least one party was self-represented or defaulted.
  • People earning less than $50,000 a year are more likely to represent themselves in court.
  • At least 20 percent of litigants who represent themselves in court can afford legal representation, but do not want professional help.
  • People who represent themselves in court tend to more satisfied with the judicial system than those who obtain legal representation.
  • Nearly 75 percent of individuals who have represented themselves in court say they would do so again.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1941 to 1953Bute v. Illinois - Significance, Minority Opinion, Impact, Self Representation