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Resource: Handling Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants: A Benchguide for Judicial Officers (California 2007; 2019)

This January 2007 (updated April 2019) benchbook to assist judicial officers in the handling of cases involving self-represented litigants is the first of its kind. This benchguide covers the following topics in addition to providing sample scripts:

· Self-rep. litigants: Who are they and what do they face when they come to court?

· Expanding access to the court without compromising neutrality

· California law applicable to a judge's ethical duties in dealing with SRLs

· Solutions for evidentiary Challenges

· Caseflow management

· Courtroom and hearing management

· Settling cases

· Special due process considerations

· Communication tools

· Avoiding unintended bias

· Addressing litigant mental health issues in the courtroom

· Judicial leadership in access to justice

Please contact [email protected] for more information.