LITIGANTS REPRESENTING THEMSELVES
Arizona Courts have long held that litigants, who chose to represent themselves, are held to the same standard as an attorney.
“It is well established that where a party conducts his case in propria persona he is
entitled to no more consideration than if he had been represented by counsel, and
he is held to the same familiarity with required procedures and the same notice of
statutes and local rules as would be attributed to a qualified member of the bar.”*
“A party’s ignorance of the law is not an excuse for
failing to comply with it.”**
*Copper State Bank v. Soggio, 139 Ariz. 438,441,679 P.2d 84,87 (App. 1983)(citing Smith v. Rabb, 95 Ariz. 49,386 P2.d 649 (1963); Homecraft Corp. v. Fimbres, 119 Ariz. 299,580 P.2d 760 (App. 1978); Bloch v. Bentfield, 1 Ariz. App. 412,403 P.2d 559 (1965).
**In re Marriage of Williams, 219 Ariz. 546, 549, ¶ 13, 200 P.3d 1043, 1046 (App.2008) (citing Moore v. Meyers, 31 Ariz. 347,356,253 P. 626,629 (1027).