Civil unlimited case for negligence. I am one of the parties, and I am representing myself. During voir dire, is it permissible to inform the jury that I am representing myself because I cannot afford an attorney? Or is that disallowed because it would be considered irrelevant/preconditioning? If it is not allowed, am I still allowed to ask if the jury will have a problem with the fact that I am representing myself to draw out bias against self-represented litigants?
You could probably voir dire on the fact you're representing yourself but because you can't afford counsel. That much is probably understood...
You should really have a lawyer though. Good luck.
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Certainly the pro se litigant when introduced by the judge, the judge will say that there is not a lawyer representing that person....but the issue of money will not be allowed to come up.
Yes, you can mention this. You just can't go into too many details about why you don't have a lawyer.
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