Supporting the Nation's Judicial System & the Public it Serves

Self Represented Litigation and the State Courts

During the FY 2012, 2nd quarter Board meeting, 6 Strategic Initiatives Grants (SIG) were awarded totaling $275,158 addressing one of SJI’s Priority Investment Areas: Self-Represented Litigation and the state courts. SIG grants were made to the: 1) Judicial Council of California to train bilingual JusticeCorps volunteers to provide enhanced services for self-represented litigants (SRLs); 2)Indiana Administrative Office of the Courts to train volunteer college and law students to serve statewide pro se clinic clients; 3) National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to develop a standard set of definitions and counting rules for cases involving one or more SRLs; 4) Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) and NCSC to develop formal case triage protocols for assistance to SRLs; 5) SRLN to facilitate state court reimbursement under Title IV-D, and promote awareness of this resource; and 6) South Carolina Access to Justice Commission for delivery of legal information to SRLs in underserved areas of South Carolina. As these projects continue to advance, more information will be provided.