Self-Represented Litigants

Tiny Chats

Tiny Chats are bite-sized annotated videos that touch on specific access to justice topics and court operations.

Resources

To require a notarized signature or not: A simplified workflow for reviewing court form signature requirements
This resource contains information about replacing the "notary step" that certain states require in efforts to increase access to justice.
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Court-Based Self Help Centers National Survey Findings, Recommendations, and Best Practices
This report details key findings from a 2022 national survey of self-help centers and pairs the insights with recommendations to support self-help centers in their efforts to provide a vital service to their communities.
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Service Modernization Brief
This document has suggestions, best practices, and sample rules and forms for states that are interested in revising their service rules and related forms.
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Self-Represented e-Filing: Surveying the Accessible Implementations
This survey highlights self-represented accessible features: equal access, fee-waivers, accommodating the unbanked, self-help resource availability, non-English resources, and disability-related accommodations.
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Vermont Judiciary Access and Resource Center: Planning Report and Recommendations
This report identifies ways to leverage a self-help and language access and resource center bringing a national perspective and examples of best practices and innovations.
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Nebraska SRL report
This report offers recommendations that include process simplification efforts, development of statewide self-help tools, better coordination of state and local self-help resources, increased staff and judicial training, and improved data collection and analysis.
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Assessment of SRL services Kansas Judicial Branch
This report offers recommendations that include process simplification efforts, development of statewide self-help tools, better coordination of state and local self-help resources, increased staff and judicial training, and improved data collection and analysis.
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