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Thank you for your question. In some ways yes, but in others, no. A pro se individual cannot use their lack of familiarity with the law as an excuse for missing deadlines or procedural failures, for example. However, the court does tend to be more forgiving when working with pro se individuals in matters of in-court conduct and guidance. Judges are actually trained specifically for dealing with pro se parties, so they understand the challenge of being in that position and you can expect a forgiving attitude.