How would you design a judicial system where the primary users were self-represented litigants? Richard Zorza answered that question years ago in his book, “The Self-Help Friendly Court”. New data on our dominant presence in the courts shows his prophetic genius.
You went into the courtroom prepared to make your case, or at least make it to the next hearing. You came out wondering what happened in there. How has the case ended with a judgment against you? The short answer: The judge had decided to kill your case before you even opened your mouth. Forewarned is forearmed.
Laquan McDonald was murdered by a Chicago police officer more than a year ago. Video of the incident, released this week, showed that a blue wall of silence and an official coverup combined to deny this citizen every notion of justice. Our conversations around access to justice must grow to include these violations of basic human rights.
A recent guest post on Richard Zorza’s wonderful Access To Justice blog endorsed a strategy for building a legal self help center in every jurisdiction in the country within the next five years. Talk about a social revolution! Let me get this out of the way: I love Richard Zorza. I’ve never met him, never even corresponded […]
Sometimes when a thing starts to fall apart, it does so gradually. No one recognizes the damage for what it is until the thing is in tatters. Or, people recognize that the thing is falling apart and are not fully aware of how to fix it. After all, it worked for a long time. In the latter case, they prop it up with […]