If you’ve never been to court before, you may not be familiar with the terms Plaintiff and Defendant. A plaintiff is the person or party who started the court proceeding against the defendant. So in a divorce case in Maine, for example, if you’re the one that filed the Complaint, you’re the plaintiff. If you’re the person who was sued or served with a Complaint, you’re the defendant.
If you represent yourself in court, you’re considered to be pro se (pronounced: pro say) – a Latin term meaning “for oneself” or “on one’s own behalf”. If you filed your divorce complaint yourself with an attorney, you would be considered a pro se plaintiff. In some types of court proceedings, like small claims matters, evictions, and divorces, it’s common for one or both parties to appear pro se.