What happens if you cannot afford to defend yourself in a civil lawsuit?
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10 Nov 2005 23:33 PST
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What happens if you are sued and you cannot afford to defend yourself? This would be for the state of Colorado.
Re: What happens if you cannot afford to defend yourself in a civil lawsuit?
Answered By: wonko-ga on 11 Nov 2005 11:45 PST
You either represent yourself or you find an attorney to work for you at a reduced fee or for free (pro bono). I have provided a link to a website with an extensive list of legal aid groups in Colorado, one of which may be able to help you. Unlike in a criminal case, the court will not appoint an attorney for you. Sincerely, Wonko "Violations of private rights and duties are considered civil cases. Suits can be brought for such matters as the recovery of damages from negligence, breach of contract, or violation of civil rights. The court does not appoint attorneys in civil cases; however, legal aid services may be available for people who cannot afford a lawyer to represent them in civil matters." "Colorado Courts at a Glance" Colorado Judicial Branch, Office of the State Court Administrator http://www.17thjudicialdistrict.com/courtsataglance.pdf "Legal aid organizations and pro bono programs in Colorado." Pro Bono Net (2002) http://www.coloradolegalservices.org/CO/StateDirectory.cfm/County/%20/City/%20/demoMode/%3D%201/Language/1/State/CO/TextOnly/N/ZipCode/%20/LoggedIn/0 Search terms: "Colorado legal services"; "civil suit" "cannot afford a lawyer" colorado
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