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It isn't mandatory to have an attorney represent you, as you can represent yourself. But Common Pleas is a higher court and is more formal than small claims. So if you represent yourself, you will be expected to know everything an attorney does with regard to presenting your case and comply with all deadlines and procedures regarding civil procedures.
But if they have filed the proper request to remove it from small claims, the judge can't deny it. The other side does this because they have an attorney who will try to take advantage of the non attorney's lack of experience and hope that you make a mistake that will get the case thrown out.
So it is a good idea to have an attorney representing you in the higher courts because making a procedural error can turn a winning case into a losing one..
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It appears to be a tactic to make me hire a lawyer or drop the case.
That is exactly what they are doing..
Even If i am confident of the facts, you still advise a lawyer. Does the court make it reasonable and explain deadlines?
Yes. And no the judge the judge won't help a bit, that isn't his job. He just sits there and hears the case, it is up to both sides to know all the rules of court and to submit things property, draft any briefs, evidence lists, do depositions, witness lists, etc. So it is done intentionally to trip up the non attorney who may not be familiar with the process as they are held to the same standards as an attorney.
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