Pilot self-help program debuts in district court

Anne Arundel County residents are flocking to the Glen Burnie District Court Self-Help Center to get free help to represent themselves in court, the Baltimore Sun reported this morning. “Staffed by members of the Legal Aid Bureau, the pilot program is aimed at the meat-and-potatoes civil cases–small claims, landlord-tenant disputes, creditor-debtor issues and protective orders–that can clog the court system and lead to frustration when people try to handle the cases themselves,” the article said.

“Open since December, the four-person center has assisted more than 1,850 people–the monthly number reached a high of 543 in June, said supervising attorney Sarah Coffey Frush,” the article continued. “The center averaged fewer than 10 daily visitors in the first three months. But as word spread, numbers have climbed.”

The read the report, click here.

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One response to “Pilot self-help program debuts in district court

  1. Herman Hamilton

    A small step but possibly the most innovative one that Legal Aid has embarked on in years. My hope would be that it spreads to each and EVERY county.

    My sincere Kudo’s to Sarah and staff.

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