call now for a free consultation free consultation (312) 899-9090
request free consultation

Small Claims Court — Should You Represent Yourself?

Question: I am representing myself on a small claims matter in court. What should I know about how to conduct myself in the courtroom?

Answer: Here are a few tips. Arrive at the courtroom on time. Wear conservative clothing and avoid t-shirts, sloppy jeans and flip-flops. Do not interrupt the judge or anyone else when they are speaking. Speak loud enough so that people 20 feet away can hear you. Citizens who represent themselves in court should not expect the judge to explain basic procedures that would be better left to an attorney.

For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit