Posted 17 August 2009 - 09:45 AM
Abacus -- We're allowed to represent ourselves, too, in America. It's generally ill-advised though, and judges will ask 2-3 times just to make sure it's something you want to do. Better to have competent and experienced representation than go it on your own and fail (glad you won, though).
Also, I think it's a CYA thing. There's been at least one instance where a guy represented himself and appealed that he wasn't given adequate representation... and managed to get a re-trial out of it. (I don't think this loophole is still open, though.)
I don't have the source, but there's a famous quote about the man who represents himself has a fool for a client. =P