Report Focus: Federal Court Services for Those Without A Lawyer's Help
A recently published report focuses on programs, services, and materials federal trial courts have developed to assist “pro se” litigants – those who don’t have a lawyer’s help. The report also looks at what assistance exists for court staff in handling pro se cases.
The report, based on a survey conducted by the Federal Judicial Center, states that the vast majority of the nation’s 94 U.S. district courts offer some form of assistance to pro se litigants. “The most common service provided . . . is procedural assistance by clerk’s office staff members as part of their regular duties.”