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Litigants become their own lawyers: Hiring an attorney isn't cheap, so these days more people are navigating the justice system themselves. But courtrooms can be tough for amateurs.

Date: August 10, 2009
Author: John Keilman
QUOTE: Legal service has never come cheap. But lawyers, judges and other experts say that for many people, the recession has made it a nearly impossible expense. So more litigants are navigating the often-bewildering justice system by themselves... But the trend still alarms many observers, who say courtrooms weren't made for amateurs.

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