Bute v. Illinois
- 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.