In addition, courts can improve the pro se litigant experience with Odyssey Guide & File's self-guided interviews - which works much like popular tax-preparation software - simplifying complex legal filings for everyday citizens.
With the launch of Odyssey Guide & File, Tyler Technologies is expanding services to the courts to help further increase access to justice with an easy-to-use solution that makes courts more efficient while simplifying the process for pro se litigants," said Bruce Graham, president of Tyler's Courts & Justice Division.
One is whether to identify and verify pro se filers who will be allowed to file through the portal, and the second is whether pro se filers will have portal access to other electronically filed documents in their cases.
A related queston is whether the portal should merely offer pro se litigants a way to file, or whether it should offer step-by-step assistance by asking questions, a la TurboTax, that results in a legal form ready to file.
The issues got a more detailed airing October 28 at a joint pro se subcommittee meeting with members of the authority, the FCTC, as well as county clerks of court.
Suppose Lee, an experienced criminal defense attorney, is appointed to act as standby counsel to pro se defendant Don.
5) Standby counsel inhabits a treacherous zone of representation, directed by the court to assist a pro se defendant who exercises an unusual level of control and may want no assistance whatsoever.
It is not even clear that the relationship between the pro se defendant and standby counsel is a client-lawyer relationship governed by the rules of professional conduct.
In Los Angeles, a new model seeks to better meet the needs of both indigent pro se appellate litigants and the courts, by providing a staffed self-help clinic on site at a court of appeal.
Everyone involved has benefitted from the presence of a knowledgeable, trusted intermediary to both provide technical procedural assistance and facilitate pro bono placement for indigent pro se litigants on appeal.
Contrary to numerous opinions, which propose that pro se plaintiffs
15) This, in turn, could potentially violate a pro se litigant's