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New Website Helps Non-Lawyers Represent Themselves

Tuesday, June 14, 2016   (0 Comments)
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A new website aids self-represented litigants in Virginia with cases such as traffic tickets, divorce, and landlord and tenant issues. Find it at

The Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help Website is a project of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission. Established in 2013 by the Supreme Court of Virginia, the commission aims to promote equal access to justice with emphasis on the civil legal needs of Virginians. Several individuals on the commission are VBA members.

In addition to addressing various case types, the Virginia Judicial System Court Self-Help Website also features glossaries of legal terms used in district and circuit courts and provides instructions for routine processes. 

"This is a milestone for the Supreme Court of Virginia and the commission," said Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn, co-chair of the commission. "We believe launching a website for self-represented litigants is a fundamental step toward providing greater and more meaningful access to civil justice in Virginia."

The 18-member Virginia Access to Justice Commission includes Scott C. Oostdyk, co-chair of the VBA Pro Bono Council; 2005 VBA President James V. Meath; Fairfax Circuit Judge Daniel E. Ortiz, a past VBA Young Lawyers Division Chair; VBA Life Member George H. Hettrick; and other judges, legal aid leaders and corporate counsel.

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