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What should I bring to court?
You should bring everything you may need to prove your case. This will likely include:
Are lawyers available to represent me in court?
The court does not appoint you a lawyer. In addition, court staff cannot recommend to you a particular lawyer. A few courts offer free assistance from attorneys through the “Lawyer for the Day” program on certain days when summary process cases are heard. However, unless you have actually hired a personal lawyer, you should be prepared to argue your case on your own. In legal terms, this is called pro se or self-represented.
One of three things will happen when you come for your trial date:
The case could be dismissed because the landlord did not follow the specific procedure required to start an eviction case. This is called a procedural error. For example, if the service date or entry date were too early or too late, the court may decide to dismiss the case.
The landlord, for a variety of reasons, may also decide to voluntarily dismiss the case.