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Providing Materials for Providers of Legal Self-Help Services

The Equal Access Unit of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts has materials available for courts, court-based self-help programs, and other nonprofit providers of legal self-help services. If you are representing yourself in court, please visit our self-help website.

The materials here include sample instructional handouts developed by local courts, translations, brochures, program models, evaluation tools, and ideas for setting up a self-help center.

Background
Background information on access to justice.

Research & Evaluation
Evaluations from self-help programs, sample forms, evaluation strategies and links to other research on SRLs.

Program Management
Starting and managing a self-help center program; includes intake forms, triage tools, brochures, and staff training materials.

Pro Bono
Encouragement from judicial officers and a collection of resources for volunteers.

Service Delivery Models
Information on ways to provide services to self-represented litigants.

Ethical Issues
Exploring the changing roles of attorneys, judges and court staff in serving self-represented litigants.

Self-Help Center Staff Resources
Tools and training resources for self-help staff, as well as recruitment and staff development information.

Instructional Materials
Court-provided samples of materials, templates, and videos about basic court processes.

Technological Resources
Web sites, forms sets, video conferencing and other technological resources to assist self-represented litigants.

Limited-English Proficiency (LEP) Materials and Resources
Translated materials and court forms, resources to assist LEP litigants, information on effective programs and information for providing language access.

Conferences and Trainings
Materials from upcoming and past conferences and trainings.

Newsletters
Current and past issues of the Equal Access Newsletter.