Day in Court

The information contained within the Iowa Northern Pro Se Information Center is accurate as of the date of publication, but it should not be cited or relied upon as legal authority. This information is provided solely as an overview to the bankruptcy process, and should not be used as a substitute for reference to the United States Bankruptcy Code (title 11, United States Code), the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, or to local rules or standing orders of this court. Finally, the information contained within this site should not substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel.

Choosing to represent oneself when appearing in court is a serious decision. A majority of the issues and matters discussed during a court hearing are complex and critical to the success of your case. It may be in your best interest to seek legal advice from an attorney to ensure that you are prepared for your day in court and to ensure that you understand the entire court process.

The courtroom is a very traditional and polite place where a certain demeanor (way of acting) is expected. When you are representing yourself, you must act and speak in a way that not only helps you with your case, but displays respect to the court, the judge and all parties present at the hearing.

Visiting the Courthouse:  You will be required to enter through security upon entry into the courthouse.  Picture identfication is required for entry.  Laptops, tablets, cell phones and other portable devices are not allowed inside the courthouse.