Self-Representation Resources

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Resources for Litigants

Council of California County Law Librarians
Your Public Law Library
This web site focuses mostly on California law, but has useful information for self-represented litigants in all states. Includes a mini-research class as well as self-help links, legal research links, a list of California county public law libraries, and more. Content available in eight languages.

Jenkins Law Library
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Self-Help Guides
This collection of resources is designed to help citizens navigate the legal system and assist them with finding relevant legal information.

King County, Washington
Your Day in Court: How to Make Sure Your Voice is Heard in King County
This self-help video features Judge Mary Yu giving a tour through courthouse and showing litigants how to get their case ready for trial, and Judge Steven Gonzalez explaining the courtroom procedures once litigants have filed their paperwork, and are ready to appear in court.

Maryland People's Law Library
This legal information and self-help website provides information on Maryland and Federal law affecting low- and moderate-income Marylanders and their families. It is geared specifically for Maryland's citizens. The site is now maintained by the Maryland State Law Library.

National Center for State Courts
Self-Help/Information Resources and Centers State Links 

selfhelpsupport.org
Resources for self-represented litigants
Listing of legal aid services, self help centers, court forms and information, and online legal information.

shlep: the Self-Help Law ExPress
news, views and info on self-help law and pro se litigation
getting self-help help
should you go it alone?

Bibliography

  • Michael P. Forrest & Mike Martinez Jr. Too Broke to Hire an Attorney? How to Conduct Basic Legal Research in a Law Library, 9 Scholar 67 (2006).

Resources for Librarians

California Conference on Self-Represented Litigants (2011 and earlier):
http://www.courts.ca.gov/partners/50.htm. Material includes slideshows, handouts, sample pleadings, and much more.

Directory of Library-Based Self-Help Programs
Compiled by the Law Librarians' Working Group of the Self-Represented Litigation Network.
To add your program to the Directory, complete a form and submit it as directed:
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Judicial Council of California
Equal Access Project
The Equal Access Project has materials available, including sample instructional handouts developed by local courts, translations, brochures, program models, evaluation tools, and ideas for setting up a self-help center.
Equal Access Project Staff Resources

National Center for State Courts
Self-Representation Resource Guide

Pro Se Law Center
A Resource Center on the Pro Se Concept for Legal Service Providers

selfhelpsupport.org
Network for practitioners of self-help programs as well as an online clearinghouse of information relating to self-representation. Library contains a comprehensive collection of publications gathered from pro se programs all over the country. Resources relate to developing, running, and improving programs for the self-represented litigant.