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Blog Posts by Natalie Anne Knowlton

Tennessee Approves Forms for Uncontested Divorce Cases with Children

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Tennessee Supreme Court recently adopted statewide forms for parties in uncontested divorce cases with minor children. The plain-language forms and instructions will go into effect statewide January 1, 2017, and are available to spouses who: have minor children together; do not own real property; do not have any...

Story Maps Used to Customize Consumer-Oriented Legal Service Solutions

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) recently released America’s Civil Courts: Whom Do We Serve? ­­ —a geospatial story map designed to help the tens of millions of Americans attempting to navigate the civil legal system without a lawyer. According to Richard Zorza , SRLN Coordinator Emeritus, this online...

Self-Represented Litigants in Canada Find Less Success in Court According to New Data

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) recently released Canadian data on case outcomes for self-represented litigants (SRLs) . These new figures come shortly after NSRLP published research showing that in cases where a self-represented litigant faces a motion for summary judgment brought by a...

Colorado's Civil Court Crisis: 5280 Mag and IAALS on Aiding Self-Represented Litigants

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The June edition of 5280 Magazine highlights the reality of self-representation in Colorado’s civil courts . Referencing the first-hand experience of a litigant who navigated her way through the family court process without an attorney, the article discusses how more and more Coloradoans are without legal...

Colorado Looks to New York for Ways to Level the Playing Field for Litigants

Natalie Anne Knowlton
Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Fern Fisher of the New York City Courts recently addressed the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee and its Limited License Legal Technician (LLLTs) Subcommittee. Judge Fisher spoke to the Committee and Subcommittee members about New York’s Court Navigator Program, which provides...

Justice Index 2016 Finds States Need to Do More to Serve Self-Represented Litigants

Natalie Anne Knowlton
The National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School recently released the Justice Index 2016 —an updated version of the 2014 Index. The Justice Index compiles data from state justice systems, comparing states' performance on four broad indicators: Attorneys available for people in poverty Support for self-...