Best Practices

Webinar: Why Plain Language Works (Dyer 2018)

Webinar link: Why Plain Language Works, August 2018 Webinar by Charles Dyer

Resource: Know Your Users - The Importance of User Experience in Court Planning and Operations (Court Technology Conference 2017)

The Illinois Supreme Court and SRLN created a mapping application to assess the court user's experience in Illinois.

Resource: Interactive story map shows hurricane impacts and Florida’s vulnerable populations

The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) helped The Florida Bar Foundation create a new data resource that reveals the impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida and the vulnerable populations who could potentially need civil legal aid in the recov

Resource: Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice Uses SRLN Maps for Statewide Strategic Planning

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice has started using the SRLN demographics maps for presentations to circuit clerks, circuit court judges, civil legal aid and pro bono practitioners.

Conference: Esri User Conference (San Diego, California 2017)

The 2017 Esri User Conference will be held July 10-14, 2017 in San Diego, California. For more information, please see the Esri event page:
SRLN GIS for Justice

Resource: SRLN Launches GIS for Justice Google Group (SRLN 2016)

Spatial thinking has the power to inform decision making, to influence public opinion, and to communicate complicated data more simply.

SRLN Brief: Procedural Fairness / Procedural Justice (SRLN 2015)

Research has shown that when defendants and litigants perceive the court process to be fair, they are more likely to comply with court orders and follow the law in the future—regardless of whether they “win” or “lose” their case.

Best Practices: Document Assembly Programs Best Practices Guide for Court System Development and Implementation Using A2J Author (New York 2017)

Beginning in 2005, the New York State courts began developing Document Assembly Programs for use in its Help Centers using A2J Author for the front-end, HotDocs software for the back-end, and LawHelp Interactive server to host the programs.

Weblink: National Center for State Courts Triage Page (NCSC 2015)

On the page, the NCSC provides resources for court personnel who contemplate triage through the lens of case management, which is a critical step towards simplification.

Research: Judge - SRL Communications Research (SRLN 2007)

Through funding from the State Justice Institute, the California Administrative Office of the Courts, and the Maryland Judiciary, the Self Represented Litigation Network conducted two research projects this year (2006-2007).