Judicial Guidance for Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants: Bench Guides
The SRLN Administrative Office of the Courts Working Group has collected court system resources that provide guidance for judges for cases involving self-represented parties. Here is a selection of Bench Guides:
Massachusetts: Massachusetts Judicial Guidelines for Civil Hearings Involving Self-Represented Litigants (April 2006). (Attached) This manual includes guidelines for interactions pre-hearing, during the hearing, and post-hearing. It also includes judicial commentary.
Illinois: Self-Represented LItigants in Civil Matters: Suggested Best Practices and Relevant Court Rules (October 2014). (Attached) Practical guidance for judges which includes checklists judges can use for explaining the trial process to self-represented litigants.
Kansas: Judicial Guidelines Applicable to Civil Hearings Involving Self-Represented Litigants Including Commentary (Proposed) (Attached)