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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- ...

Weblink: Simplification in Singapore (State Court of Singapore 2015)

Transparent information that seeks user feedback from the State Courts of Singapore about what a simplified court process means for SRLs in criminal, SRLs in civil, lawyers and others that can be found at  https://www.statecourts.gov.sg/CivilCase/Pages/Ke ...

Weblink: Elkins Family Law Task Force & Implementation Task Force (California 2010, 2013)

In  Elkins v. Superior Court   (2007) 41 Cal.4th 1337,  the California court recommended that the Judicial Council of California establish a task force to “study and propose measures to assist trial courts in achieving efficiency and fairness in marital d ...

Report: The Gains from Clarity: A Research Report on the Effects of Plain-Language Documents (Mills & Duckworth 1996)

In this 1996 out of Australia, Gordon Mills and Mark Duckworth of Centre for Microeconomic Policy Analysis and Centre for Plain Legal Language at Sydney University found that the 1994 forms revisions in the Family Court of Australia resulted in 15% improv ...

Toolkit: Tools for Evaluation of Court-Based Self-Help Centers (California CFCC 2015)

Toolkit: Tools for Evaluation of Court-Based Self-Help Centers (California CFCC 2015)

The Equal Access Unit of the California Judicial Branch Center for Families, Children & the Courts, provides materials for courts, court-based self-help programs, and other nonprofit providers of legal self-help services. The Unit provides the followi ...

Report: A Comparative Readability Study of Plain Language Court Forms (Mindlin 2012)

This article presents the results from the first quantitative readability study of plain language court forms in the United States. Sixty citizens on a jury panel were selected to respond to brief questionnaires that tested relative comprehension of plain ...

Study: Self-Represented Litigants in Family Law Cases In Jackson County, Missouri (Cook 2007)

This study is unique because it included the self-represented in its survey. From the Abstract: This report is based on surveys that examined the attitudes and perceptions of judges, the family law bar, family court staff, and self-represented litigants r ...

SRLN Brief: Justice Corps (SRLN 2015)

Justice Corps is a program that works in affiliation with Americorps and has been of tremendous benefit to numerous courts, most especially in California. The California JusticeCorps program assists California courts in meeting the needs of self-represent ...

Resource: legalhotlines.org (Center for Elder Rights Advocacy 2015)

Comprehensive web based resource for comprehensive resources, including toolkits, evaluations and national directory, of legal hotlines at  http://www.legalhotlines.org/. Resources are not limited to elder law hotlines. Best Practices for Self-Help Center ...

Weblink: Efficiencies and Innovation in California (California 2015)

On its webpage entitled, Efficiencies & Innovations, the The California judicial branch, which is widely acknowledged as a national leader in developing and implementing programs that enhance access to justice, provides information and links to numero ...