You may feel that you wish to represent yourself in court which you are entitled to do. We can offer you advice on the proceedings and what to do at each stage including how to represent yourself at plea hearing or trial. We will send you a guide on the evidence to collate and a step by step guide as to what to do in court.
If you are pleading guilty we can write a letter of mitigation for you to hand into the court for their consideration, which will enable you to represent yourself and still put forward professional mitigation.
If you are entering a Not Guilty plea then you will need to prepare your defence case and collate evidence which is admissible in court. A letter from a witness or a friend will not suffice and you should seek legal advice if you are calling witnesses. It is always preferable to instruct an experienced solicitor to prepare your defence case.
We will also advise you whether or not you should represent yourself because there are circumstances when you would be better represented in your absence for example when the police have not made a positive identification.
Of course, whilst it is cheaper to represent yourself on the face of it , it can prove to be a false economy. The courtroom is a daunting experience for most non-advocates and there are evidential rules to follow and certain lines of questioning which are not allowed. You would be given some assistance by the Court Advisor, but they will not present your case for you. You should also remember that you are likely to be against a trained legal representative on the prosecution and in the case of a trial it will be a trained lawyer. If your matter is contentious then an expert in road traffic law will always better represent you.