Endnotes and Resources: Courts and Universities Partner to Improve Access to Justice for All Californians


1 California court self-help centers are staffed by attorneys and other qualified personnel who provide information and education to self-represented litigants in primarily family, unlawful-detainer, and small-claims areas of law. Effective January 1, 2008, the Judicial Council of California adopted a rule of court, which provides that court-based self-help centers are a core function of the California courts (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 10.960(b), 2008).

2 Nearly 40 percent of Californians speak a language other than English at home (quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06000.html). According to the California Administrative Office of the Courts Web site, more than 200 languages are spoken in California (www.courtinfo.ca.gov/programs/courtinterpreters/becoming-faq.htm#demand).

3 See CSU Enrollment by Ethnic Group, Fall 2009 Profile (www.calstate.edu/as/stat_reports/2009-2010/feth01.htm), and The University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (www.universityofcalifornia.edu/studentsurvey/charts/demographics.html).

4 UC Undergraduate Experience Survey, Civic Engagement Module 2008 (www.universityofcalifornia.edu/studentsurvey/charts/civic.html).

5 Campus Compact, for example, is a national coalition of more than 1,100 campuses committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.


America’s Service Commissions and Innovations in Civic Participation (2010). Transforming Communities Through Service: A Collection of 52 of the Most Innovative AmeriCorps Programs in the United States. Washington, DC:  America’s Service Commissions and Innovations in Civic Participation.

AmeriCorps Web site. www.americorps.gov

Campus Compact Web site. www.compact.org

Innovations in Civic Participation Web site. www.icicp.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/12506

JusticeCorps Web site. www.courts.ca.gov/programs-justicecorps.htm