Hearings: Can a pro se litigant be assisted?


#1

I’ve combed through the NCGS as well as the Mecklenburg County Local Rules but cannot seem to find information as to whether or not the courts will allow someone other than an attorney to assist a pro se litigant at a hearing/trial for child custody and support. As there is often some judicial leniency with regard to self-represented parties–particularly in cases where the opposition has the benefit of counsel–it seems reasonable that only they could address the court and examine witnesses. However, can the court allow another individual to assist the pro se party from the table? (i.e. To ready documents or evidence as the hearing/trial progresses.)


#2

No, that could be construed as practicing law without a license, a pro se party must appear in court alone.


#3

Thank you for detailing.


#4

You are welcome.