New Models

The justice gap is prompting communities to consider new models for helping people who are unable to afford private lawyers and unsuccessful in qualifying for free civil legal representation.  Communities are experimenting with help desks, pro se clerk’s offices, computer kiosks, forms, call centers and many other approaches.  In some places, authorities are considering whether non-lawyers might have a useful role to play in providing advice and information to litigants.  Some of the new models are drawn from the medical profession, where “medical technicians” and “nurse practitioners” have increasing responsibilities. In collaboration with the private bar, the Center is developing recommendations in this area for the field of law.

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