NPR (US National Public Radio) has done a great story on Alaska’s program that uses unbundled pro bono assistance to speed the resolution of cases that are “almost there.”
As I understand the process, the court Self-Help program reviews the cases and identifies those that appear amendable to early resolution in that the parties appear not to be too far apart, and appear to have the capacity to move to agreement.
Those cases are put on a special calendar, and given unbundled pro bono assistance. Most cases are resolved that day.
What is unique about the program, now being replicated in Alaska and maybe beyond, is the use of court staff to screen for those cases in which such intervention will make the most difference — and early example of the diagnostic approach we need.
Stacey Marz runs the program.