Limited representations

Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) permits an attorney to assist a self-represented litigant for discrete, limited purposes, subject to a written agreement between the attorney and the client, and allows the attorney to withdraw from the representation after completion of the limited services he or she agrees with the client to provide. The limitation on appearance must be reasonable under all the circumstances, and the attorney must ensure that the client gives his or her informed consent to the attorney’s limited appearance prior to engagement. An attorney and litigant are not permitted to argue on the same legal issue during the period of limited appearance. An attorney may not enter a limited appearance for the sole purpose of making evidentiary objections. For example. you may only want your attorney to reprent you at a single motion hearing only or write a single motion or pleading better known as "ghost writing".

This Standing Order applies to any Limited Assistance Representation of a plaintiff or defendant in any pending or newly-filed non-criminal action in any division of the District Court. An attorney may not file a limited appearance solely for the purpose of obtaining a continuance. Upon completion of the representation within the scope of the limited appearance, an attorney shall file with the clerk in the court in which the case is pending a Notice of Withdrawal of Limited Appearance in the form approved by the Chief Justice. The Notice of Withdrawal of Limited Appearance must be signed by the attorney and the party. 

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