This report analyzes five programs that assist pro se litigants in Maryland. It finds that the programs are cost effective and efficient at serving self-represented litigants.
Highlights from this report include:
“The Maryland judicial branch should take great pride in the progress it has made in implementing programs to assist self represented litigants in its Circuit Courts. In all five Maryland jurisdictions studied there are vital and effective programs addressing the needs of persons pursuing their family law cases without legal representation. These programs share a number of important characteristics:
– they are very highly rated and valued by the litigants who use them.
These high ratings are given at the time services are provided and after the litigants have a court appearance in their case.
– the programs have qualified and experienced staff. We observed all of the staff in the five courts assessed interacting with litigants and had very few criticisms of the services and information provided.
– the programs are improving the performance of self represented litigants and easing the burden of these cases on judges, masters, lawyers and court staff.
The programs are remarkably varied in structure and in the services provided. This report describes each of the programs, provides comparative data on them, and recommends a series of steps the state judiciary can take to strengthen the programs statewide.” (p. 3-4)
Written by: John Greacen
Source: Maryland Courts
PUBLICATION DETAILSFormat: Research
Publication Type: Evaluation, Report
Geographic coverage, US: Maryland, STATES
Geographic coverage, World: North America
Topics: Legal Needs | Needs & Benefits | Good Practice | Models/Standards/Principles
Case type: Civil Rights, Domestic Abuse, Family, Guardianship, Individual Rights, Juvenile
Practice Area: Domestic Violence, Family
How Provided: Courts, Delivery Systems, Hotlines, Information Centers, Self-Help
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