The down economy is forcing more people to appear "pro se," or defending themselves in court.
Judges say they are seeing more parties appearing pro se, especially in divorce and custody cases.
The big problem, says [Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten] Rasmussen and other judges, is pro se parties’ failure to understand and address in writing often-complex details about assets and debts, pensions and parenting.
Even before the recession, judges statewide were concerned about justice for people representing themselves in court. A 2007 report by a state Judicial Department family law committee found that more than two-thirds of the state’s domestic cases involved at least one pro se party.
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