Justice Index 2016 Finds States Need to Do More to Serve Self-Represented Litigants
The Justice Index compiles data from state justice systems, comparing states' performance on four broad indicators:
- Attorneys available for people in poverty
- Support for self-represented litigants
- Support for litigants with limited English proficiency
- Support for people with disabilities
The Justice Index 2016 contains new indicators, data points, and sources, presenting a more thorough and precise understanding of state performance in the four key areas.
With respect to the findings on resources for self-represented litigants, scores suggest that in many states substantial efforts are still required to best serve self-represented litigants. IAALS will soon release its own findings from Cases Without Counsel, a qualitative empirical research study on self-representation in U.S. family court, accompanied by recommendations for courts, legal professionals, and broader communities.