In propria persona

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in propria persona

adj. acting on one's own behalf, generally used to identify a person who is acting as his/her own attorney in a lawsuit. The popular abbreviation is "in pro per." In the filed legal documents (pleadings), the party's name, address and telephone number are written where the name, address and telephone number of the attorney would normally be stated. The words "in propria persona" or "in pro per" are typed where normally it would say "attorney for plaintiff." Judges sometimes warn a party "in propria persona" of the old adage that "anyone who represents himself in court has a fool for a client and an ass for an attorney."

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IN PROPRIA PERSONA. In his own person; himself; as the defendant appeared in propria persona; the plaintiff argued the cause in propria persona.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Per Scoto, il sacerdote opera in propria persona. Questa posizione e in accordo con il precedente assunto scotista per il quale la confessione ha validita (giuridica e spirituale) per la condizione esistenziale corporale della persona umana; (12) se, infatti, la validita operativa del sacramento e confinata all'esistenza corporale ed e condotta sulla base del diritto positivo umano, e chiaro che il sacerdote--in quanto giuridicamente legittimato--sara un agente in propria persona.
There is no question that in his comments in propria persona, the inspired narrator of Os Lusiadas misses few opportunities to advertise himself and promote his poem, but his rivals are not necessarily Spaniards; in fact, they are either Italian (Boiardo and Ariosto) or classical (Homer and Virgil) (I, 11-12).
Paul Auster, in propria persona, is the opposite of Muffle Mouth; he is unafraid of his own power, precisely because he has acknowledged humiliation's alchemy, its way of letting words vibrate at whatever weird, golden velocity they wish.
After his dedicatory verses in the early stages of the first canto, the rhetorical speaker of the poem actually says little in propria persona until the conclusion of da Gama's triumphant lecture on Portugal's historical greatness.