An Argument as to Why Courts Should Not Require Self-Represented Litigants to Draw Up Orders for Judges to Sign

I have long found it utterly incomprehensible that many courts still require litigants to draw up their own draft orders for the judge then to sign — and they then sometimes blame the litigants for not getting their cases to conclusion and compliance.

Those who oppose self-representation love to use the medical analogy: “Would you do brain surgery on yourself?”

How about this one;  Making people do their own draft orders is like a doctor saying:  ” OK I will sign your prescription if you prepare it and leave it with my secretary.

(If anyone argues that this is more an argument that no-one should be self-represented, the answer is that no-one says that patients should not be allowed to present their own symptoms and needs to the doctor.)


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I am deeply involved in access to justice and the patient voice movement.
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