Coming Soon to a Public Library Near You: Help for Self-Represented Family Litigants
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSLRP) is the new recipient of $100,000 in funds from Law Foundation of Ontario, which has a mandate to improve access to justice for the people of Ontario through a variety of grants, fellowships and awards. The funds come from the Law Foundation’s “Family Law Access to Justice Fund,” and will be used by the NSLRP to partner with local public libraries. Together, they will work to set up a pilot program in Public Libraries to serve the needs of self-represented litigants.
The pilot program is slated to begin in July of 2018, and will run for two years.
The first to benefit from this initiative will be the Windsor Public Library and the Essex County Public Library, both of which have committed to partner in this pilot program.
Initial steps will involve: 1) hiring a Project Leader to provide training to librarians on issues related to self-represented litigants and their needs, and 2) developing public educational programming. The latter will include legal information seminars, question-and-answer sessions with local lawyers, and clinics to educate on the forms to be used in various legal processes.
The NSLRA notes that libraries are well-poised to participate, since they are already tasked with providing the public with access to information, and frequently see patrons who seek legal advice and information in particular.
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