I just (4:44 p.m. EST) received an email from Jennifer Singletary, Special Counsel at the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia informing me that the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia approved Justice Brent Benjamin’s proposal to initiate an Access to Justice program in West Virginia.
Welcome Aboard West Virginia!
South Carolina is pleased and honored to recognize a fellow ATJ collaborator!
Interesting article while the South Carolina delegation attends the Court Solutions conference about self-represented litigants –http://www.argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080909/NEWS/809090323/1001.
As the South Carolina Delegation is learning, self-represented litigants are here to stay. During the conference this week, presenters from other states have advised and educated on ways to assist the rising number of self-represented litigants, appearing not only in the historical “peoples’ court” but also in higher courts including probate, family and circuit courts. Other states have described many actions to assist self-represented litigants in an effort to maintain reasonable efficiency as well as ensure that the documents prepared without an attorney meet minimal standards while at the same time adhering to ethical guidelines.
While many courts have described conflicts, detractors and other barriers, it is refreshing to see that they have perservered. Additionally, SC Access to Justice wishes only the best for the latest South Dakota endeavor.