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Best Practices in Court-Based Programs for the Self Represented

Self Represented Litigation Network
Tuesday, March 13, 2007

The Self Represented Litigation Network released "Best Practices in Court-Based Programs for the Self-Represented: Concepts, Attributes and Issues for Exploration," which describes 42 best practices in court-based programs for the self-represented.

The practices are addressed to the courts, but are widely applicable to legal aid and access to justice organizations.

The best practices are grouped into eight broad categories:

  • Self-help Centers and Services
  • Forms, Document Assembly, and E-filing
  • Practices in the Courtroom
  • Discrete Services, Pro Bono and Volunteer Programs
  • Judicial Ethics and Education
  • Post-Order Practices
  • Court Management and Evaluation Practices
  • Jurisdiction-Wide Practices

Each category includes suggested practices, examples of the practices in operation, and additional resources. 

Contact Information: 

Madelynn Herman Project Director
National Center for State Courts