Representing yourself at VCAT
Many people who use VCAT, represent themselves. They are doing this because they want to save money in legal costs.
Representing yourself is an easy route to losing money, because some people over estimate their ability to be able to represent themselves. As a self-represented litigant with no legal background, they may miss out on identifying certain aspects of their case and hence lose the case.
VCAT is a strict tribunal and requires people to observe proper rules and file the appropriate documents. By having a solicitor help you complete these documents, you could save money, time and potentially, disappointment.
Part of Hassall’s Litigation Services’ services is supporting people who wish to run their own proceedings (or represent themselves). The first assessment to be undertaken is whether self representation is in the client’s best interests.
The cost of legal representation is often more than the value of a dispute and therefore, people have no choice but to represent themselves, with assistance from a lawyer, from time to time, throughout the proceeding, in an effort to limit the “costs”.
This article provides information that is general in nature and is not a substitute for legal advice.