You start by filing a complaint at the court house; there is usually a fee. The complaint is paperwork stating what you allege the defendant/defendants did or did not do. Depending on the amount of controversy, this could be a small claims matter where both parties do not have attorneys. Otherwise, it will be a superior court matter.
After you file the complaint, you have a certain time to serve the defending parties and file the proof of service. Usually it's 30 days, but rules may vary depending on the court house in that jurisdiction.
As other people have stated, the judge will assume you will follow all the rules of court as an attorney might if you choose to represent yourself. This means showing up for hearings, timely motions, requests for discovery, etc.
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Last edited at 9:07AM on 3/1/2013
It can be done but you're at a disadvantage if they counter with an attorney. Law is the lawyer's arena, his forte. You have to know how to file motions and briefs. Judges are impatient with messy work. Small claims?