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NCSC launches access to justice explainer video series

NCSC launches access to justice explainer video series

NCSC has launched a new explainer video series to help the public understand complex legal processes and feel more confident navigating the court system.

The video series aims to demystify complex legal terminology and provide information about court processes, which can help better prepare litigants for hearings.

"These short videos help explain confusing legal terminology and complex court processes," said NCSC Senior Court Management Consultant Lonni Summers. "Through this initiative, we want to empower individuals with the knowledge they need to effectively and confidently engage with the courts."

Explainer video series

Available in English and Spanish, the access to justice explainer video library offers eight short videos that courts nationwide can use to assist the public:

  • Understanding Court Help: Legal Advice vs. Legal Information
  • Navigating the Court System Without a Lawyer
  • Legal Language 101: Understanding Key Terms in Court Cases
  • Understanding Small Claims Court: A Simplified Guide
  • Demystifying Legal Procedures: What Does it Mean to File a Motion
  • Understanding the Difference Between Civil and Criminal Cases
  • Understanding Court Papers: What to Do After Being Served
  • Decoding Court Jargon: Understanding Common Procedural Terms
Access to justice

The number of people using the courts without the assistance of a lawyer continues to increase throughout the country. According to 2015 and 2018 reports, one or more parties did not have counsel in at least 75% of civil cases.

Summers noted that courts should provide resources that aid their largest user base. "When courts offer these resources, they enhance procedural justice, increase transparency, and build public trust," she said. "When the public understands court processes and procedures, courts also save time and money."

Courts, self-help centers, legal aid organizations, and bar associations are encouraged to embed the videos on their websites, share them on social media, and use them for education and outreach purposes.

Access the video library here: