Proceeding Without an Attorney

Self Representation

pro se”: One who represents oneself in a court proceeding without the assistance of a lawyer.

Pro Se Litigants Clinic

*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Pro Se Litigants Clinic will be conducted virtually for 2021. Please click here for additional information. Please see the online access information for direct access to forms and other information related to self-representation.

Pursuant to Local Rule 10.05, this Court recommends pro se litigants in all Domestic Relations matters (Divorce, Dissolution, Post-Domestic) to attend a free pro se litigants clinic before filing any documents with the Clerk of Courts. Please contact the Williams County Common Pleas Assignment Commissioner at 419-636-2644 or via email to make the necessary arrangements to attend the clinic. LAWO

The pro se clinic is a training session between Legal Aid of Western Ohio and the participant. The purpose of the clinic is instructional and educational and is not intended as an agreement to retain legal services. The relationship between the parties is that of student and teacher and is not that of attorney and client. The instructions and materials provided relate to Williams County Common Pleas Court and may not be appropriate for use in other Courts. The participant will be required to review and execute an agreement for litigants representing themselves in Court prior to the start of the session.

Online Access

In the event a participant misplaces the materials provided to them during the pro se clinic, the same are available online. For additional information on representing yourself, please refer to the attached brochure provided by the Ohio Judicial Conference "Representing Yourself (PDF)."

Criminal Case Procedures

Rules of Criminal Procedure 5: The defendant has a right to counsel and the right to a reasonable continuance in the proceedings to secure counsel, and, pursuant to Crim.R. 44, the right to have counsel assigned without cost if the defendant is unable to employ counsel.

Unable To Afford Counsel/Indigency in Criminal Cases

Pursuant to the Ohio Office of Public Defender

1. An applicant's indigency or eligibility for a reimbursement, recoupment, contribution, or partial payment program shall be determined by the courts.

 2. Pursuant to section  120-1-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code, in determining indigency, the court shall use form OPD-206R : Financial Disclosure/Affidavit of Indigency form.