State and Local Government Session 12 and 13: Pro Se Court
Handout: “Pro Se Court Script” (Pro Se Court simulation is a well know legal education technique. This script is a modification of scenarios from several unknown sources.) (Attachment J)
Divide the class into groups of three. Have each member select a role (plaintiff, defendant, judge).
Explain that the term pro se refers to representing oneself in a court without hiring a lawyer. In Virginia, the general district courts handle cases that typically do not require a lawyer. Explain that the rules of evidence are very informal and proceed in a common sense manner.