Linking a Self-Help Center to Other Services

Article: Give the People the Law (Maru 2020)

In this piece for Democracy Journal, Vivek Maru of Namati (an international legal empowerment NGO), analyzes the restrictions on legal help in the United States and argu

Survey: SRLN Tiers of Service Survey Tool (SRLN 2015)

The SRLN Tiers Survey was developed for states to conduct a quick tiered inventory of their court based self-help services.
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Report: Community Justice Help: Advancing Community-Based Access to Justice (CLEO & LFO 2020)

Community based organizations are essential partners to courts, legal aid, pro bono, and the private bar as they build systems to support remote delivery, which is increasingly becoming a part of any delivery system.
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Report: Trusted Help - Legal help on the frontlines (LFO 2018)

The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) published two reports following their research on the role of community workers helping people with legal problems.

Guide: Guidelines for the Operation of Self-Help Centers in California Trial Courts (California 2011)

The Administrative Office of the Courts, in collaboration with judges, court executive officers, attorneys, and other parties with demonstrated interest in services to self-represented litigants, is charged with the development of

Report: Turning on the Lights: How the Massachusetts Trial Court Could Deploy a Virtual Court Service Center to Assist Self-Represented Litigants (MA Appleseed 2019)

This report was prepared in partnershup with the Mass. Trial Court to inform the development of a virtual self-help center to supplement the work done by its court service centers.

Tool: CA Self-Help Centers' Self-Assessment Tool for Quality Programs (CA Courts 2018)

The California Self-Help Centers’ Self-Assessment Tool for Quality Programs was developed as a strategic and tactical planning template to promote quality Self-Help Center Programs across California.
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Report: Clearing a Path to Justice (MD Working Group on Self-Representation 2007)

This Report is a useful example for jurisdictions thinking about how to build analysis and support as they develop self-help services. From the table of contents:

News: Limited Licensed Legal Technician Program (American Bar Foundation 2017)

The Washington State Supreme Court ( and the Washington State Bar Association ( created

Report: Survey of Social Workers in Massachusetts (Rosie's Place 2015)

Rosie's Place,, a women's shelter in Boston, conducted a survey in 2015 of social services workers in Massachusetts and found that 1) social workers are providing a very significant amou