Pro se legal representation (/ˌproʊ ˈsiː/ or /ˌproʊ ˈseɪ/) comes from Latin, literally meaning "on behalf of themselves", which basically means advocating on one's own behalf before a court, rather than being represented by a lawyer.
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Because anyone that represents himself has a fool for a client.
You have the right to represent yourself pro se but a decent judge (and the prosecutor in a criminal case) will do their best to talk you out of it because it is a terrible idea.
When you do appear pro se you are still held to the same court room standards and rules as an attorney. That means you must be able to perform depositions, pretrials, preliminary hearings, enter evidence, examine a witness, and cross examine a witness all under the rules set forth by the federal and state constitutions, rules of criminal or civil procedure, the rules of evidence including hearsay and all all its exceptions, state and local jurisprudence and other governing documents and bodies. When you hear a lawyer object to something, that is him saying the other attorney violated one of those many many rules so you must know them to be able to object and give the reason for your objection. The average person has no idea what a court appearance actually involves. There is a reason attorneys charge what they do.1