NCAJ Invited to Facilitate Three Training Sessions for NY Magistrates on Best Practices in Child Support Cases Involving Self Represented Litigants in NY State

At the invitation of the New York Courts, NCAJ is leading three training sessions in fall 2013 among child support magistrates in New York State on best practices in child support cases in which one party (or more) is proceeding without a lawyer.  NCAJ’s role in these sessions follows its project during summer 2013 in … Continue reading

New York City Bar Association Issues Report Urging New Roles for Nonlawyers to Help Narrow Justice Gap

Citing the  “justice gap” that leaves more than 2.3 million low-income New Yorkers each year to navigate the civil justice system on their own, the New York City Bar Association recommends that nonlawyers be allowed to practice, with limitations, as “Courtroom Aides” and “Legal Technicians.”  The report was authored by the City Bar’s Committee on … Continue reading

NY Court System Calls for Reform in 2012 Report of Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York

The Unified New York Court System has just published its 2012 Report of the Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York.  This year’s Report describes the continuing crisis for access to justice in the New York courts, before turning to its recommendations, where among other things it: Recommends a commitment … Continue reading

Washington State Adopts Rule Authorizing Limited Advocacy Role for Nonlawyers

With the stated goal of making legal help more accessible to the public, the Washington Supreme Court adopted a “Limited Practice Rule for Limited License Technicians” on June 15, 2013, a new rule that will allow trained non-lawyers to provide technical help on simple legal matters,  effective September 1, 2012.  An opinion approved by a majority of … Continue reading

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