My ex- husband had me in two courts at the time, one in family and one in Superior Court. I already had a court appointed lawyer in court but I was representing myself in Family Court.
Before I made my appearance before a judge for first appearance, (see my other blog about that) I had written a reply last minute and delivered it myself to my husband’s councel’s offices, the day before court so she didn’t have time to file a reply to the court.
The rookie counsel was present for that hearing she immediately complained to the judge that she didn’t have time to file a reply to mine.
I claimed ignorance with a shoulder shug.
As opposing counsel carried on in a panic, I interjected and said to the judge,
“ I’m sorry your Honor, I thought I was supposed to reply to the affidavit that was sent to me,” replying in naïveté.
The Judge announced in conclusion directing her statement to the Rookie Lawyer,
“ It is obvious that she needs a lawyer to help her….”
I raised my hand meekly, to interrupt a second time, and said, “ I have one in Superior Court, may I use her for my family court issues as well ? “
“Yes, that makes sense.” The judge replied logically.
I had done it. I was able to now have a lawyer in all of my matters with my ex.
They rescheduled the trial. One small victory in court for me.
Being Pro Se in a court room proves a lot to a judge when you come in representing yourself. In this case it was a big deal based on the circumstances, as well, opposing side was trying to get me custodial parent right taken away so he could get out of paying child support.
I think that was the considered, in the mix, by the judge’s call but it all depends on the kind of judge you have and the circumstances.
Nothing is a definite.
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