So, at least when it comes to court cases, you can either represent yourself, or be represented by a lawyer.
But even for simple and routine matters, you can’t go to court for someone else without a law license.
And, in some private arbitration proceedings, non-attorney representatives are allowed.
Can my lawyer represent me in court without me being there?
Some legal cases strictly require defendants to appear in court, and there are ones that a lawyer can represent on their behalf without them physically being there. So, here are the types of cases that a judge will need you to be present in court and the ones that your lawyer can appear for you.
Can my lawyer show up in court for me?
Yes. They are called lawyers. Only lawyers can appear for their clients in court. However, if you have been charged with a felony offense, then you will still need to appear in court with or without your lawyer.
Do you have to go to court if you have a lawyer?
Instead, most prefer that the client be in court with them in order to make on the spot decisions. Penal Code Section 977(a) allows attorneys to appear in misdemeanor cases in court for clients without them having to be there. The court will give you time to hire an attorney if you choose to go with private defense.
What to do if your lawyer is not helping you?
- File a complaint with your state’s lawyer discipline agency. Every state has an agency responsible for licensing and disciplining lawyers.
- Getting compensated.
- Get your file.
- Get a second opinion.
- Fire your lawyer.
- Sue for malpractice.