Civil Court Help Center staff dedicate themselves to legal assistance

Feature (New York)

Civil Court Help Center staff dedicate themselves to legal assistance

February 13, 2020 | Rachel Vick | Queens Daily Eagle
For many court visitors, legal assistance is not guaranteed and the process is daunting. Many people come in with questions and without counsel. The court’s Help Center offers services to help bridge that gap as part of the state’s Access to Justice program.
Tags: Courts | Pro Se/Self-Help

Could Virtual Aid Improve Court Access For The Lawyerless?

News Story (Massachusetts)

Could Virtual Aid Improve Court Access For The Lawyerless?

October 6, 2019 | Kevin Penton | Law360
With approximately half of all civil litigants walking into Massachusetts courtrooms without attorneys to provide counsel, a large percentage are potentially exposing themselves to negative legal outcomes as they contend with quotidian matters such as debt, divorces or rent disputes, a nonprofit’s recent study contends.
Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help | Technology

Need a divorce but can’t afford a lawyer? North Carolina created a how-to packet that can help.

News Story (North Carolina)

Need a divorce but can’t afford a lawyer? North Carolina created a how-to packet that can help.

October 27, 2019 | Danielle Battaglia | News & Record (Greensboro, NC)
The packet breaks down the judicial process, key terminology, rules for getting a divorce, what happens inside the courtroom and how to dress. It also provides all the needed forms.
Tags: Divorce | Pro Se/Self-Help

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

News Story (California)

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

April 7, 2019 | Maura Dolan | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Zukin sees many non-represented litigants from her perch on the eighth floor of the downtown Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Judicial officials say their numbers appeared to swell after the last recession.
Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help