Topics

Access to Justice Commissions. What they are, why states need them, and the American Bar Association's list of Access to Justice Commissions.

Caseflow Management and Access Services. How caseflow management can be an important tool in helping increasing numbers of self-represented litigants.

Courtroom Management of Self-Represented Cases. Here are a number of strategies that can be employed to improve courtroom or hearing management of self-represented litigants.

Court-Supported Assistance to Litigants. What court-based self-help services are, reasons for providing them, a state-by-state list of centers, and more resources.

Discrete Task Representation. Explores the idea of “unbundling,” or limited scope representation, and how courts might begin such programs.

Forms & Document Assembly. A look at the benefits of and best practices for forms programs and document assembly system systems.

Judicial Role in Promoting Access. These resources examine how a judicial education program on self-represented litigation can assist judges in better handling such cases.

LEP Self-Represented Litigants. Provides links to online forms state courts are providing in Spanish and other languages, particularly in the area of domestic violence.

Partnering with Libraries. Libraries are natural partners for providing self help services -- here's why.

Pro Bono and Volunteer Programs. A look at the courts' partnership programs with other entities to improve access.

Redesigning Court Processes & Facilities. Provides guidelines and measures for redesigning for better access by the handicapped.

Rule and Process Simplification. When litigants are able to access information and forms and understand the processes, it improves public trust and confidence in the judicial system.

Triaging Services. An explanation of case triage -- a more aggressive form of case management involving the court staff and litigants -- and why courts need to implement triaging services.

Technology. A look at how technology may help courts counteract budget cuts, improve customer service, meet the needs of self-represented litigants and deal with reduced staff size.

User-Friendly E-Filing. Electronic filing systems that include digital signatures, privacy and public access policies, and document management are becoming more commonplace to reduce court costs and make documents more available to the public.