Arlan Galbraith told a judge on Monday that he has decided represent himself in a fraud case involving hundreds of farmers and millions of dollars.

He wouldn't tell the judge why he was choosing to represent himself saying only "I wish to represent myself your honour."

Galbraith was charged with fraud and Bankruptcy Act charges in late 2010 in relation to his Pigeon King business.

About a thousand farmers allege they spent an estimated $20 million investing in the pigeon-raising business with the hopes of making money.

But the company went bankrupt in 2008 and Galbraith filed for personal bankruptcy a year later.

During the court proceeding, Galbraith asked the judge if he could call witnesses during the preliminary hearing, and the judge said yes.

He is expected back in court to set a date for that hearing on April 16.