PLEASE NOTE: I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY AND WHAT IS CONTAINED ON THIS BLOG IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. THIS IS WHAT HAS WORKED OR NOT WORKED FOR ME IN THE C[R]OOK COUNTY AND FEDERAL [IN]JUSTICE SYSTEM. IF YOU COPY MY WORK AND ADAPT IT FOR YOURSELF, YOU DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. I DO NOT GUARANTEE IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM THAT WHAT IS WRITTEN ON THIS SITE IS ACCURATE, UP TO DATE, OR APPROPRIATE LEGAL ADVICE. IT IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AT ALL, BUT A DESCRIPTION OF MY EXPERIENCES. CONSULT A LAWYER IF POSSIBLE WOULD BE MY ADVICE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE CITIZEN’S MANUALS FOR USING THE COURTS BUT THEY ONLY EXIST IN ILLINOIS IN THE FEDERAL SYSTEM. C[R]OOK COUNTY COURTS AND STATE OF ILLINOIS COURTS ARE ARCHAIC, CORRUPT, AND INJUST IN MY OPINION.
The point of Pro Se Chicago is to expose to the world the reality of proceeding Pro Se in the Cook County Circuit Court. I will try to give practical tips about navigating the system.
My postings will be long and meaty. They will quote appropriate law and will contain my legal pleadings. You are free to canabalize them at your own risk and adopt them for your own cases.
During the founding years of our country most litigants were pro se. The system now actively discourages self-representation and actually puts roadblocks up to prevent you from doing so. The judges of the circuit court, as well as defense and prosecuting attorneys are ignorant of the statutes, common law, and case law that form the foundation of pro se litigation and defense. There is actually a pro se penalty – stiffer sentences may occur and your rights are more likely to be violated, because the judges have a confirmatory bias – after all, a person who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer AND No judge will allow you to know more law than the judge – his/her ego will be so damaged if this happened that they subconsciously will do everything to make you look like an idiot – including violating your rights. Knowing this is half the battle.
This site will also serve as a reference for the laws, rules, procedures, and cases regarding pro se litigation. This is not legal advice and should not be construed as such. Any information you use from this site is at your own risk and is not guaranteed to be accurate in any way, shape, or form. You should use this site as a starting point to find the rules, laws, statutes, codes, case law, procedures,and unwritten style of the courts – nothing more.
I am writing a manual for judges and litigants to help disseminate these cases, rules, procedures, statutes, laws, and ethics regarding pro se litigation and defense. Comments about what should be included in these manuals are appreciated. Please e-mail me well-written summaries of legal topics you would like to be included such as: Faretta rights to self-representation, Standby-Counsel, Outrageous Governement Conduct as an Affirmative Defense, Offers of Proof, Types of Objections, What is Required in Regards to Foundation for Evidence, Service of Process, Standards of Appellate Review, What is the Supreme Court Looking for in a Brief, etc.
Shelton Litigation Services, (LLC presently being incorporated) does not have any attorneys on its staff. We provide legal research, educational materials (samples of different types of pleadings) and editing services for pro se persons and attorneys. We will draft pleadings in legal format IF the client decides the issues and the arguments and the client will be responsible for the final edit and signing and presenting the pleading to the court.
Although we might inform our client that if we were in their shoes we might consider certain issues, this is NOT legal advice and the client is encouraged to seek the services of an attorney if they are not willing to decide the issues in their case and if they are not willing to determine the argument to use in court. Our role DOES NOT include determining the issues or the argument in legal cases, although educational material may have pertinent argument and issues to the client’s case.
We do not act as attorneys but only as a legal research/drafting/editing service, as well as educational assistance in teaching our clients how to do
legal research and the basics of writing legal papers (grammar, legal terminology, and formats for different pleadings – how to find these in a legal
We do not guarantee that our work product will meet legal standards or is up to date in case law, although we do our best to do so. All legal actions and
strategy must be the product of our clients.
We have provided much pro bono services to date but now require payment to cover cost of services including ink and paper. We are incorporating and will be charging a small fee to cover the time we spend assisting our client.