Videoconference technology helps deliver self-help services remotely and increases a court's outreach.
A paralegal in Los Angeles County Superior Court's self-help center receives recognition for her commitment to service.
Every year, nearly 1.2 million people come to self-help centers in California courthouses seeking guidance with civil cases such as divorces, evictions, and restraining orders. While every county court has its own self-help center, nearly a dozen also use JusticeCorps students to help serve users.
Facing growing numbers of civil and family law litigants representing themselves, courts are expanding services offered through “self-help” centers.
Governor Jerry Brown signed a state budget on Wednesday that will help restore court services slashed during the recession, fund courthouse projects, and improve access to justice for millions of Californians.
Statewide investment in self-help services has helped Alameda Superior Court open a second center.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed his first state budget on Thursday, which includes nearly $470 million in new judicial branch funding to continue the courts’ steady recovery after years of deep cuts.
The budget cuts $200 million from the state court system, though $150 million could be restored if the federal government sends additional aid by the fall.
Court self-help centers aim to help Californians without legal representation navigate the court system.