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Evaluation: Evaluation of the Van Nuys Legal Self Help Center- Final Report (California 2001)

  In April of 2001, the Empirical Research Group of the UCLA School of Law was commissioned by San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Legal Services and the County of Los Angeles to "design a system, procedure and framework for evaluating the effectiveness ...

Evaluation: Report on the Self-Help Centers of the 4th Judicial District Court of the State of Minnesota (Minnesota 2004)

This report is an evaluation of the Self Help Programs of the Fourth Judicial District Court of the State of Minnesota, located in Hennepin County. The Hennepin County District Court Self Help Centers and Program provide a mature and effective service to ...

Study: Lessons from the Country: Serving Self-Represented Litigants in Rural Jurisdictions (Henschen 2002)

This study focuses on the particular concerns of rural jurisdictions in meeting the challenges of  pro se  litigation, examining 25  pro se  assistance programs serving rural or predominantly rural jurisdictions across 17 states. Findings are drawn from s ...

Best Practices: Best Practices for Programs to Assist Self-Represented Litigants in Family Law Matters (Maryland 2005)

From the introduction: Maryland courts recognize the increasing participation of selfrepresented litigants, particularly in family law matters. Although some litigants decline the opportunity to retain qualified counsel, the overwhelming majority of self- ...

Tool: Test Your Court’s Self-Representation Quotient! (Hough & James 2006)

An 18-question quiz/checklist to determine how well a court is doing in providing services to self represented litigants. Web links to various helpful resources are also provided. Starting a Self-Help Center United States SRL Court Score card.doc Bonnie R ...

Paper: Self Represented Litigants: Self Help Programs – Making the Case to the Bench and Bar (Greacen, Hough, Ledray 2006)

John Greacen, Bonnie Hough, and Susan Ledray presented at the July 2006 National Association of Court Management meeting in Florida. They discussed 1) Reasons to have a self help program; 2) Objections to starting a self help program (and responses).  Mat ...

Evaluation: Michigan Legal Help Evaluation Report (Michigan 2015)

Executive Summary The Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP) consists of two components: an interactive statewide website and affiliated Self-Help Centers that provide legal information assistance to individuals representing themselves in simple civil legal m ...

Research: Principles of Readability (DuBay 2004)

This research gives a brief introduction to the literacy studies in the U.S. and the research on readability and the readability formulas. It is available at  http://www.impact-information.com/impactinfo/readability02.pdf     Plain Language United States ...

Article: Plain Language Works for Pro Per Litigants (Mindlin & McCormick 2004)

This article discusses the benefits of using Plain Language court forms for self-represented litigants. It enumerates the readability and advanced features used in adapting Plain Language in Domestic Violence Restraining Order (DVRO) forms. Plain Language ...

Article: A Modest Wish List for Legal Writing (Kimble 2003)

The author of this article cited some ways to improve the readabilty of legal documents. The article is available at  http://www.plainlanguagenetwork.org/kimble/modest.htm Plain Language United States Joseph Kimble 2003 ...