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Frequently Asked Questions

 Can I conduct my own appeal, without a lawyer?
Yes, a litigant (a party to a court proceeding) may choose not to retain a lawyer and to represent him or herself in court. However, as you now know from the trial proceedings, the court system has peculiar rules and customs, and the law is not black and white. On top of that, an appeal is fundamentally different from a trial in its rules, procedure and strategy. As with any endeavour, knowledge, skill and experience play a large role in the outcome.
For more information on the appeal process and representing yourself in court, read the self-help packages at the Ontario Court of Appeal website.