Can I represent myself in court?

Despite the existence of professional legal services, there are cases where people choose to represent themselves in Court. More often than not, this happens with minor legal issues, such as small car accidents, or any other event that people might consider easy to manage. Other common examples are failure to stop at the traffic lights, speeding fines or other minor offences.


The vast majority of people who decide to represent themselves in Court believe that simply expressing their point of view is enough to win in Court. However necessary this might be, the defendant’s side of the story may not constitute sufficient legal grounds to make out a successful case. The decision taken by the Court may have a significant impact for the years to come, which is why you should not take legal matters lightly or underestimate their complexity.


The quality and substance of a defendant’s presentation has a large influence on the decision taken by the Court, which is why it is essential to spend time understanding the details of the case and the recommended course of action. As a leading legal professional, Nas Hanafi is committed to thoroughly analysing each and every detail before arguing in Court. Not only will he explain the defendant’s point of view, but also the circumstances under which the event occurred – including social or psychological aspects. Needless to say, Nas Hanafi can build strong and convincing legal arguments and help clients with paperwork and other legal procedures.


One of the most important facts about Court advocacy is that good intentions alone are not enough to build a successful case. If you appear for yourself and do not possess any kind of legal knowledge or training, you might experience some unpleasant surprises and risk financial penalties. Representing yourself in Court is also risky because of the intricacies of legal terminology (the so-called legalese) and the inevitable anxiety.


Nas Hanafi from Lion Legal has years of experience with a wide range of legal cases. Having worked with clients throughout New South Wales, he has been successful with civil, as well as criminal cases. Nas Hanafi can also be contacted for mediations and settlements.


Therefore, if you have to be in Court, please contact Nas Hanafi at (02) 9251 2722. He will understand your case and professionally represent you in Court.

Which other documents are considered part of a will?

In some circumstances, a party might claim that the will of the deceased is not the only relevant legal document that represents the deceased’s intentions. Nas Hanafi explains what documents New South Wales legislation accepts as valid additions to the will.

According to Section 8 of the Succession Act 2006, the Court can change the way in which a Will is interpreted. This may happen under the following circumstances:

1.  When the legal document

a) represents the intentions of the deceased; but

b) was not executed or was executed incorrectly; and

2. The document encompasses:

a) the will of the deceased person – if the Court agrees that the deceased wanted to write their will, or

b) a change in the will of the deceased – if the Court agrees that the deceased wanted to make a modification to their will, or

c) a complete or partial cancellation of the will – if the Court agrees that the deceased wanted to make a complete or partial cancellation to their will.


When reaching a conclusion under subsection (2), the Court is allowed to consider several other aspects aside from the document:

a) any proof that refers to the means by which the document was put into effect; and

b) any proof that refers to the directives of the deceased person, including proof of declarations of the deceased person.

For more information on the above-mentioned situation, you can contact Nas Hanafi of Lion Legal on (02) 9251 2722.