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Oregon Judicial Branch Four Year Report (2011-2014)

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You can link directly to the 2011-2014 Oregon Judicial Branch Four Year Report or, if that link doesn’t work, visit the OJD homepage or the OJD Media Releases page and start searching. You’ll find lots of other interesting information, too.

Statistics on litigants without lawyers are staggering and deeply disturbing. People need lawyers. Navigating the legal system, the court system, and indeed, even just reading a contract you think you want to sign requires a level of legal literacy and analysis beyond what even the best legal researcher can acquire. People need the advice of lawyers. But that costs money.

Excerpt from the report:

Healthy Courts Provide Resources for Self-Represented Litigants:

Statistics show that self-represented litigants don’t think they can afford an attorney, don’t believe they need an attorney for their particular case, do not obtain any advice from an attorney about their case, are likely to be low income, and may have language or cultural barriers. Guaranteed by law, the right to represent oneself in court is a citizen’s choice. The economic slump of recent years has forced more middle income litigants to represent themselves as well, increasing the need for courts to ensure that these individuals receive adequate access to justice. OJD’s efforts to prepare self-represented litigants for court include self-help resources and staff, public law libraries, statewide forms, and user-friendly technology. A nationwide average of 80% of family law cases will involve at least one, and often two, self-represented litigants. The manner in which judges handle these cases in court determines whether or not both parties will receive a fair hearing. Courtroom practices by judges and staff, such as shifting from legal terminology to plain language; explaining what will occur during the hearing and reviewing what the legal issues are; pointing out who has to the convince the judge and how strong the evidence has to be; and prompting the parties to provide information represent the court’s commitment to safeguarding
justice for the self-represented.

Oregon eCourt technology will upgrade OJD’s online processes and resources for self-represented litigants, including online interactive forms. A statewide forms project is in the works and will base a series of interactive online forms on Multnomah County Circuit Court’s current Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) TurboCourt™ form for restraining orders. The interactive form program asks the applicant a series of questions, populating the form with the applicant’s answers, and results in a document to submit to the court that complies with applicable rules without the need for court staff assistance in filling out the form….” [Link to full report.]

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2 responses to “Oregon Judicial Branch Four Year Report (2011-2014)”

  1. jmo says:

    This is just a band aid on a broken system. Walk into any domestic relations or juvenile law situation without an attorney and no matter how apt or diligent you are you might as well slit your own throat.

    As a matter of fact even if you could afford an attorney most of them will bail on you as soon as the money gets low in a heartbeat.

    My seasoned advice: Stay away. Even if you have money the courts are all corrupt as are those who populate them.

  2. jmo says:

    The ‘low income’ resources are equally bogus. They’re inaccessible to most and you’ll never meet any of those high end attorneys who say they volunteer their time there. What you get is someone perhaps well meaning but who’s inrxperienced and gets eaten alive by the rest of the sharks in the courtroom so you do too.

    I’ve ‘invested’ more than a quarter of a million in trying to achieve ‘justice’ in this system and the stress and heartbreak almost killed me so have washed my hands of it and I’m not an abuser, drug addict, or criminal. I just ran out if money after selling everything I had to pay attorneys and court appointed parasites who lie and milk you until you’ve got nothing left and judges who allow and support it because it’s about politics.

    Some day when my child is an adult he can make his own decisions and he will…probably after another decade if therapy to fix the previous decades abuse in and by the legal system…if I live that long.

    Its a for profit enterprise dusguised as a legal system. That’s where it’s at.

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