It's not a great idea to represent yourself in court. You do, however, have the constitutional right to do so.
I always recommend spending an entire day in the court to observe how judges handle self-represented defendants to get an idea of how irritated they get at amateur lawyering. If you really want to represent yourself, you should purchase an hour of an attorney's time to have her or him coach you on how to handle things.
In small claims court......
You might find helpful my Legal Guide "How to Organize Your Small Claims Case Testimony"
Finally, you might find my Legal Guide helpful "What Do I Tell My Lawyer"?
God bless. I do not see a case for punitive damages.