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Estimating the Cost of Civil Litigation (NCSC 2013)

Complaints about litigation costs have likely existed for as long as the legal profession, but those costs are extremely difficult to measure. Most studies of litigation costs rely on surveys that ask lawyers to report costs in a sample of actual cases fi ...

Interview: Access Track Organizer Richard Schauffler Reflects that CTC2015 Focused on Consumer Driven Solutions Shaped by Data (News 2015)

Interview: Access Track Organizer Richard Schauffler Reflects that CTC2015 Focused on Consumer Driven Solutions Shaped by Data (News 2015)

  Richard Schauffler, Director of Research Services at the National Center for State Courts and Co-Organizer of the Access to Justice track at the  Court Technology Conference 2015  with SRLN's Katherine Alteneder, offered us a host of great reflecti ...

Article: What Standards Should We Use To Judge Our Courts? (Greacen 1988)

Two themes run through this article-the search for standards by which to measure the performance of courts and the search for ways to improve the courts' public image. Grecean notes that although definitive standards for judging courts did not exist ...

Article: Unified Family Courts: Recent Developments in Twelve States (Greacen 2003)

A look at how courts in twelve states were enhancing access to justice for families in response to a 2002 white paper from the Conference of State Court Administrators on improving family courts. The white paper recognized the national interest in improvi ...

Legal Information v. Legal Advice

Legal Information v. Legal Advice

For someone who works in the court system, distinguishing the difference between providing legal information and legal advice can be quite confusing.  With the continuing rise in the numbers of litigants representing themselves in court, it becomes increa ...

Roles Beyond Lawyers: Evaluation of the New York City Court Navigators Program (News 2017)

Roles Beyond Lawyers: Evaluation of the New York City Court Navigators Program (News 2017)

A new study by the  American Bar Foundation  (ABF),  National Center for State Courts  (NCSC), and supported by the  Public Welfare Foundation, confirms the efficacy of a new solution to the growing access to justice crisis in American civil courts. The s ...

Limited Licensed Legal Technician Program (News 2017)

Limited Licensed Legal Technician Program (News 2017)

The Washington State Supreme Court and the Washington State Bar Association created an innovative program to expand the provision of legal services. Limited Licensed Legal Technicians (LLLTs) represent a new legal role that builds on the capabilities of t ...

Website: California Court-Legal Aid Partnership Grants (California 2015)

Each year ten percent of the California's Equal Access Funds allocation is distributed by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission as Partnership Grants. This funding is available for joint projects of courts and legal services programs to make legal ...

SRLN Brief: Examples of Legal Aid On-Line Intake and Triage Projects (SRLN 2016)

SRLN Brief: Examples of Legal Aid On-Line Intake and Triage Projects (SRLN 2016)

Over the years, legal aid programs developed complex intake protocols and decision trees to help manage their crushing caseload. Initially, these screening tools were simply paper documents that intake staff could use. Then, as telephone hotlines develope ...

Article: Some First Thoughts On Court Simplification: The Key To Civil Access And Justice Transformation (Zorza 2013)

Article: Some First Thoughts On Court Simplification: The Key To Civil Access And Justice Transformation (Zorza 2013)

From the Abstract: Given the discrepancy between access to justice needs and the resources that are realistically made available, current incremental approaches are almost bound to fail. The only realistic path to providing 100% of litigants with meaningf ...