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

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