The United States Supreme Court has recognized that natural persons have a right to represent themselves, which it described as "a basic right of free people." Faretta v. California, 422 U.S. 806, 95 S.Ct. 2525, 45 L.Ed.2d 562 (1975). Nebraska has said an individual may represent him or herself and participate in trials and legal proceedings on his or her own behalf. Waite v. Carpenter, 1 Neb. App. 321, 496 N.W.2d 1 (1992)(citing State v. Warford, 223 Neb. 368, 389 N.W.2d 575 (1986). The Nebraska Constitution at art. I § 13 provides "all courts shall be open, and every person, for any injury done him or her in his or her lands, goods, persons or reputation, shall have a remedy by due course of law and justice administered without denial or delay." This provision is often referred to as the "open courts" clause. It is in the spirit of these laws that the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Pro Se Litigation was formed.
Programming is guided by Nebraska Supreme Court Implementation Committee on Pro Se Litigation. The Self-Help Page on this site contains the Pro Se Committee's forms and instructions plus a listing of legal resources for low income individuals.
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