University of Denver

A Court Compass for Litigants: Building an App for That

June 9, 2016 to June 10, 2016

Despite efforts by courts, communities, and bar associations around the country, there remains a serious need for tools that provide self-represented litigants with easy access to the information and resources they require to appropriately navigate the court system. Technology is increasingly being leveraged in self-help solutions, and the concept of the litigant portal is at the core of this strategy.

Recent IAALS research on self-representation in family courts suggests that litigants would benefit greatly from having assistance navigating the court process. On June 9-10, 2016, at the University of Denver, IAALS brought together experts from around the country to explore how litigant portals and related online self-help solutions can be leveraged to better serve divorce and separation litigants who do not have lawyers to represent them.

IAALS and attendees translated the conversations on what a family court self-represented litigant needs from this technology into a detailed plan from which others can build and implement a portal and identify necessary requirements and services. IAALS intends for this June convening to be the beginning of a dialogue that will result in concrete, actionable steps for developing this technology solution.

In June 2016, IAALS convened a group of people from around the country to discuss the development of an online tool designed to help people with potential legal problems in the family court arena and...
The family justice system was built on the assumption that litigants would be represented by lawyers. This project explores user-friendly, streamlined, and accessible solutions that help people...