Do I need a lawyer?
Perhaps one of the most important functions of the Magistrate Court is to provide a readily available legal forum to solve disputes. It is not necessary to have an attorney to file a suit or defend a suit in this court. As a matter of fact, the Court is designed to help non-lawyers with the various steps in handling their own cases.

This is not to say that lawyers are not welcomed and even encouraged, but there are many occasions when the amounts of money in controversy do not warrant engaging an attorney. Always remember that the Magistrate Court Judge is obligated, by law, to conduct the Court in a way that is fair to non-lawyers as well as to lawyers. The procedural rules of law are not a strictly enforced in the Magistrate Court as in other courts. The Magistrate Judge will apply rules of pleading and practice so as to administer substantial justice.

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1. In which county should I file my lawsuit?
2. Do I need a lawyer?
3. What do I need to bring with me to the court hearing?
4. How are cases presented in court?
5. What do I wear to court?
6. Can I appeal my civil case if I lose in court?
7. What is the difference between a dismissal "with prejudice" and a dismissal "without" prejudice?
8. Can I speak to a Judge when I come into your office?
9. Can a Magistrate Judge perform wedding services?
10. What if I need special assistance?
11. I won a judgement. Where and when do I get paid?