Ensuring the Right to Be Heard for Self-Represented Litigants: Modules for Judges
The following set of educational modules are designed to assist trial judges in developing the skills needed to manage the increasing number of cases involving self represented litigants (SRLs) more efficiently and effectively and with greater personal satisfaction. The modules highlight tools and techniques to help judges operate their courtrooms effectively, comply with the law, maintain neutrality, and increase access to justice. The modules can be used as a series, be presented as standalone training sessions, or integrated into broader programs, such as those for new judges.
The NCSC’s Center on Court Access to Justice for All prepared these modules with funding from the Public Welfare Foundation. The modules are based on the Self-Represented Litigation Network Judicial Curricula on Access to Justice, developed by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the American Judicature Society, and the National Judicial College, with funding from the State Justice Institute. Original curriculum materials are available at www.selfhelpsupport.org.
The currently available list of modules is as follows:
Introduction to the Curriculum
Module A. Judges, Ethics and the Self-Represented – The Law Today
Module A. Guide
Module A. Powerpoints
Module B. Making the Courtroom Work – a Quick Techniques Overview
Module B. Guide
Module B. Powerpoints
Module C. Starting the Self-Represented Case – Setting the Right Foundation
Module C. Guide
Module C. Powerpoints
Module D. Getting Facts in Self-Represented Cases – Approaches and Techniques
Module D. Guide
Module D. Powerpoints
Module E. The Decision and Beyond – Barriers, Decision and Preparation
Module E. Guide
Module E. Powerpoints
Additional Modules are in development.