Pro se is a legal term that comes from Latin, meaning “for oneself, on one’s own behalf.” It basically means that an individual is representing him- or her-self in court by choice without the help of an attorney. People may choose to represent themselves in court for a variety of reasons. Some want to avoid the expense of hiring a lawyer, others believe that they know their own situation better than a lawyer, and therefore are in a better position to handle the case.
Section 1654 of Title 28 of the United States Code provides: “In all courts of the United States the parties may plead and conduct their own cases personally or by counsel as, by the rules of such courts, respectively, are permitted to manage and conduct causes therein.”
The Supreme Court has noted that “