State-by-State

One of SRLN's primary roles is keeping abreast of self-help developments in each of the states.

Court Self-Help Centers

In 2006, SRLN released a Directory of Court Self-Help Centers and then in 2014 assisted the ABA with The Self-Help Center Census. These two surveys demonstrated a growing adoption of self-help services throughout the country. In 2018, we initiated a comprehensive survey of self-help in the counties and will begin releasing results in mid-2019.

Law Library Self-Help Services

In 2013, the SRLN Library Working Group National Self-Help in Libraries Survey was released. The 2013 survey and related maps provide a rich and textured view of the significant role libraries play in providing services to the public. In 2019, the SRLN Law Library Group is re-surveying the field in order to evaluate the adoption of the emerging practices identified in 2013.

Self-Help Webpages, Forms & YouTube

Please find state-by-state links to state court self-help webpages and YouTube channels below. State court self-help web pages serve as a backbone to self-help services in the counties, providing access to uniform, comprehensive information that helps litigants, court staff, lawyers and community service providers "stay on the same page" about procedural information and standardized forms. As of 2013, approximately 20% of the states offered full statewide coverage of one-on-one court based self-help services through either county level staffing, or in the the case of Alaska and Utah, through a statewide telephone helpline modeled after the elder law and legal aid hotlines. See legalhotlines.org for more information about hotlines, and lawhelp.org for a directory of legal aid webpages that work in tandem with many of the legal aid hotlines.

 

 

State State Court Self-Help Web Pages State Court Self-Help Videos
Alabama

Self-Help Page 
Forms 

None
Alaska

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
Arizona

Self-Help Page
Forms

Some videos available by county (YouTube)
Arkansas

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
California

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
Colorado

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
Connecticut

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court Site Videos
Delaware

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
District of Columbia

Self-Help Page
Forms

No content for SRLs
Florida

Self-Help Page
Forms

E-Filing Instructional Videos
Georgia

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Hawaii

Self-Help Page
Forms

Hawaii Judiciary YouTube channel
Idaho

Self-Help Page and
Forms

None
Illinois

Self-Help Page
Forms

Some videos available by county (YouTube)
Indiana

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
Court Site Videos
Iowa

Self-Help Page
Forms

No content for SRLs
Kansas

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Kentucky

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Louisiana

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Maine

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Maryland

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court Site Videos
Some videos available by county (YouTube)

Massachusetts

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
Michigan

Self-Help Page
Forms

No content for SRLs
Minnesota

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
Mississippi

(no statewide sites)


None
 

Missouri

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court Site Videos
Montana

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Nebraska

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Nevada

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
New Hampshire

Self-Help Page

Forms

None
New Jersey

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
New Mexico

Self-Help Page

Self-Help Guide

Forms

None
New York

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
North Carolina

Self-Help Page 
Forms 

North Carolina YouTube page
North Dakota

Self-Help Page and Forms

None
Ohio (No statewide site)
No content for SRLs
 
Oklahoma (No statewide site)
None
 
Oregon

Self-Help Page and Forms

Court YouTube Channel
Pennsylvania

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court Site Video
Court YouTube Channel

Rhode Island

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
South Carolina

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court Site Videos
South Dakota

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Tennessee

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Texas

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Utah

Self-Help Page
Forms

Court YouTube Channel
Vermont

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Virginia

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Washington

Self-Help Page
Forms

No content for SRLs
West Virginia

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Wisconsin

Self-Help Page
Forms

None
Wyoming

Self-Help Page and Forms

None