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Ethical Issues

This section provides background on ethical issues concerned with the changing roles of attorneys, court clerks, judges and self-help center staff in serving self-represented litigants.

General

Judicial Ethics

Limited Scope Representation/Unbundling

Court Clerks

Self-Help Center Ethics


General

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Judicial Ethics

Handling Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants: A Benchguide for Judicial Officers
This January 2007 benchguide is intended to assist judicial officers in the handling of cases involving self-represented litigants. This benchguide was awarded the Howell Heflin Award by the State Justice Institute (SJI).

California Law Applicable to a Judge's Ethical Duties in Dealing with Self-Represented Litigants

How Can Judges Communicate Effectively With Self-Represented Litigants?

Judicial Techniques for Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants   - Rebecca A. Albrecht, John M. Greacen, Bonnie Rose Hough, and Richard Zorza

Judicial Management of Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants  (prepared by the National Center for State Courts )

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Limited Scope Representation/Unbundling

Unbundling Legal Services

Family Law Limited Scope Representation Risk Management Materials

Civil Limited Scope Representation Risk Management Materials

"Unbundled" Legal Services: Looking at issues of liability and good practices  - Ayn Crawley, M. Sue Talia, Hon. Jane Harper

Unbundling Resource Center (American Bar Association)

Roadmap for Implementing a Successful Unbundling Program  (prepared by Sue Talia)

San Francisco's Unlawful Detainer Settlement Conference Project

Limited Legal Services Agreement  (Prepared by the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law )

Unbundled Services Brochure (Prepared by the Superior Court of California, County of Orange)

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Court Clerks

Changing Role of Court Clerks and Law Librarians

May I Help You? Legal Advice vs. Legal Information  - Judicial Council of California

Video: May I Help You? Legal Advice vs. Legal Information - Judicial Council of California (Contact equalaccess@jud.ca.gov to obtain a copy of this video.)

Court Clerks Office: Signage  - Judicial Council of California Approved Form

Code of Ethics for the Court Employees of California  (Prepared by the Judicial Council of California)

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Self-Help Center Ethics

Guidelines for the Operation of Self-Help Centers in California Trial Courts. Coordinated by the Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants. Released in March 2008.

Selections in Ethics for Facilitators (prepared for the California Conference on Self-Represented Litigants).

Ethical Issues for Attorneys Working With Self-Represented Litigants

Effective Use of Facilitators in the Courtroom  - Sue Alexander and Tom Suhr, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda

Short Multi-lingual Disclosure Form and Multilingual Disclosure and Sign-in Sheet  (Prepared by the San Francisco ACCESS Center )

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