Why can’t I speak with the Judge?

For the same reason the Judge won’t speak with the opposing side. You would not want the Judge to speak with the opposing parties and make a decision without hearing your side of the story. Therefore, in the interest of justice, a Judge will generally only address matters in scheduled proceeding where all parties involved have been properly notified.

What does “Pro Se” mean?

If you are representing yourself without the benefit of an attorney, you are known as a PRO SE LITIGANT. “Pro Se” is a Latin term meaning “for yourself.”

Will I receive fair treatment when representing myself?

As a pro se litigant, you enjoy every right entitled to you under law. You need not worry if you have little or no experience with the courts before. However, pro se litigants are expected to follow/abide by the rules that govern the practice of law in Pennsylvania courts.