Self-Represented Litigant Project
The Project is staffed by two licensed, full-time attorneys. The Project is designed to assist individuals with SIMPLE family law matters. Individuals with complex cases and/or high levels of conflict should retain an attorney for assistance.
There is no charge for the service. All persons who make use of the Project will be asked to fill out a short demographic survey.
The Project is open 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m and 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Access to the Project is walk-in, on a first come, first served basis. Sign-up to see the attorneys begins at 8:30 a.m. (morning session) and 1:00 p.m. (afternoon session). People seeking assistance can sign up at the Sheriff’s station located near the courtrooms on the first floor of Courthouse East. PLEASE NOTE: parties who wish to speak to the attorneys must sign up, even to ask “simple” questions.
The attorneys do not provide assistance by telephone.
Due to limitations on space, only the person seeking assistance is allowed in the waiting area of the Project. Family members, friends, etc. are welcome to wait in the Sheriff’s station waiting area.
The attorneys are available to offer assistance with selecting appropriate forms, filling out forms, and limited procedural advice. PLEASE NOTE: the attorneys who staff the Self-Represented Litigant Project:
- DO NOT tell parties how to conduct their cases;
- DO NOT represent parties;
- DO NOT file paperwork for parties;
- DO NOT go to court with parties or help them with their cases;
- DO NOT call, write letters, or otherwise communicate with opposing parties, attorneys, or Judges;
- DO NOT help persons who already have an attorney.
Interpreter services are available with advance notice. If you wish to see the attorneys on a walk-in basis, it is helpful if you can bring a family member or friend with you to interpret. If you wish to have a formal interpreter available, please call 410-396-3648 and indicate that you will need an interpreter. An appointment will be set for you to see the attorneys and an interpreter will be ordered.