People who represent themselves in court without a lawyer are called Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs), also sometimes called pro se litigants. Under the law, an SRL is held to the same standards and duties as an attorney admitted to the practice of law in the state of Louisiana. A Self-Represented Litigant is presumed to know the law. This means that an SRL is expected to know what the law requires and how to accomplish this in accordance with the appropriate statues and court rules.
IMPORTANT: Court employees (i.e., judges, hearing officers, docket clerks, clerks of the court and all personnel connected with the court) are not authorized to tell you what you have to do, how you are to do it, or what you should do under the circumstances.
Court employees are prohibited from giving you legal advice.
The Self-Help Desk provides SRLs with legal information & court-approved forms. Domestic matters only. No legal advice is provided.
It is always in your best interest to speak with an attorney about your legal issue. You can find a lawyer from the following resources:
If you do not have the funds to pay an attorney, you may seek assistance from the following civil legal aid organizations:
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Orleans/St. Bernard/Jefferson-East Bank)
1340 Poydras St., Ste. 600, New Orleans, LA 70112 • 504-529-1000
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Jefferson-West Bank/St. Charles)
2439 Manhattan Blvd., Ste. 103, Harvey, LA 70058 • 504-374-0977
The Pro Bono Project
935 Gravier St., Ste. 1340, New Orleans, LA 70112 • 504-581-4043
Tulane Law School Clinic
6329 Freret St., New Orleans, LA 70118 • 504-865-5153
Loyola Law School Clinic
540 Broadway St., New Orleans, LA 70118 • 504-861-5590
Louisiana Civil Justice Center Legal Advice Hotline: 1-800-310-7029