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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 ...

Report: Building A Litigant Portal: Business and Technical Requirements (NCSC 2015)

Report: Building A Litigant Portal: Business and Technical Requirements (NCSC 2015)

With funding from State Justice Institute, Thomas Clarke of the National Center for State Courts assembled two advisory committees – one to develop the business requirements for a litigant portal, and another to examine the technical requirements necessar ...

Report: North Dakota Supreme Court Family Mediation Pilot Project Evaluation

Report: North Dakota Supreme Court Family Mediation Pilot Project Evaluation

In this report, the North Dakota Supreme Court evaluates its mandatory mediation pilot program for contested parenting time matters.  Over the course of four years, and through this report as well as prior interim reports, it was determined that the pilot ...

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 ...

Report: California Courts Self-Help Centers: Report to the Legislature (California 2007)

Report: California Courts Self-Help Centers: Report to the Legislature (California 2007)

This is a report, found at  http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/rpt_leg_self_help.pdf,  on the implementation of California's Statewide Action Plan for Self-Represented Litigants. It includes detailed financial and collaboration information in respons ...

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: Access to Justice Initiatives in the Trial Court: 2009-2014 (Massachusetts 2014)

This report is a product of the Massachusetts Trial Court's Access to Justice Initiative, whose mission is to guide and coordinate resources within the Trial Court to broaden access to civil justice for all litigants, including self-represented litig ...

Report: Making Self-Help Work: Bet Tzedek’s Conservatorship Clinic (Bet Tzedek 2013)

Since 2007, Bet Tzedek Legal Services  has been running a self-help conservatorship clinic in partnership with the Los Angeles Superior Court. Originally designed to serve 150 self-represented litigants per year, the program served more than 1,400 self-re ...

Report: My Laws, My Courts, My Maryland Promoting Equal Justice for All (Maryland 2013)

My Laws, My Courts, My Maryland Promoting Equal Justice for All, published by the Maryland Access to Justice Commission is styled as media kit and provides detailed information about the Maryland approach to access to justice for the self-represented, as ...