Yesterday at the meeting of the National Association of State Judicial Educators, we launched the first new modules of the updated Judicial Curriculum on Self-Represented Litigation. These have been developed by the the NCSC Center on Court Access for All, with funding from the Public Welfare Foundation, and are based on the original curriculum launched by the Self-Represented Litigation Network at a conference at Harvard in 2007. The first five new modules have been posted here. These first five cover the following topics:
- Module A. Judges, Ethics and the Self-Represented – The Law Today
- Module B. Making the Courtroom Work – a Quick Techniques Overview
- Module C. Starting the Self-Represented Case – Setting the Right Foundation
- Module D. Getting Facts in Self-Represented Cases – Approaches and Techniques
- Module E. The Decision and Beyond – Barriers, Decision and Preparation
Each module conisists of a PowerPoint and a Guide. The Guide includes the objectives, the slides, teaching notes for the slides, activity suggestions, resources, and suggestions for which Best Practice video to use.
We hope that these modules will be easier to use than the original curriculum, and particularly that they can more easily be integrated into larger educational programs.
The modules have, of course, been updated to reflect changes in the law, inducing Turner, the CCJ resolution, and changes in state judicial conduct codes.
These modules will be updated, and we welcome feedback and ideas. We also plan additional modules.
p.s. Brief video report here.