You do not have to be a Harvard law graduate and consummate persuader like the lawyers on television to do an effective job of representing yourself in Housing Court. The main principle to keep in mind is to tell the judge your side of the story in a simple, uncomplicated and honest way. The clear, direct approach delivers the strongest legal punch when it comes to defending your rights. Before the trial, write out the main points you intend to cover, and have an outline with you when you see the judge. Court proceedings can be intimidating for non-lawyers, and having some brief notes is an antidote to becoming nervous and tongue-tied. Tell your understanding of the facts and show the judge whatever evidence you have in proof of your claims. By following these time-tested rules, you stand the best chance of winning.
Attention New York City Tenants: See these three new pages on protecting your rights that have just been added to the McAdams Law main site: