As more people go without a lawyer, courts offer self-help services. Advice from the judge? No way

People increasingly are representing themselves in courtrooms, and it falls to judges and other officials to demystify legal processes and decorum.

News Story (California)

Maura Dolan
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
April 7, 2019

Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help


Lawyers, paralegals, college students and recent graduates at self-help centers walk litigants through the legal process, explaining options, how to fill out forms, file cases and move them through various steps to completion, either by agreement, default or trial.

Most litigants require three workshops, which are held in multiple languages.

Court staff, who sometimes assist opposing parties in a case, are not permitted to recommend legal tactics.That can be frustrating for some litigants.