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If Access to Justice (A2J) is to be something other than a catch-phrase or a pipe dream, lawyers, judges, court administrators, and law librarians need to think, plan, and act creatively on micro and macro initiatives.

Many ideas are already on drawing boards, in app programmer hands, and in pilot project status.  Court Simplification is another A2J Big Idea and here are some places to read about it:

1) You can Google the phrase “court simplification” for information.

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We often hear about the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) in the arena of civil court cases such as divorce, evictions, foreclosures, and default judgments.  However, the SCRA offers other consumer protections to deployed and disabled veterans.  The  Oregon Department of Justice’s Veteran Resources website offers information on consumer protections offered by the SCRA in Oregon including:

  • reinstatement of existing insurance policies after returning from active duty
  • reduced interest rates on existing financial obligations
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From U.S. Courts News, 1/31/13: Access to Court Opinions Expands

A pilot project giving the public free, text-searchable, online-access to court opinions now is available to all federal appellate, district and bankruptcy courts….” [Link to full news release.]

Access will be through FDsys.

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This case arises in discussions of the Second  Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

You can find the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Printz v. United States online using just about any search engine, for example, Google Scholar. (Make sure you click on Legal Documents if you want cases.)

You can also use other free legal research online resources.

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Is rewriting the U.S. Constitution really that much of a “dangerous idea?”

See, e.g. Op-Ed Contributor, Louis Michael Seidman, “Let’s Give Up on the Constitution,” New York Times, December 30, 2012.

If business and labor models are changing, why aren’t government models?

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Link to report from FGI: “Gun Control Legislation,” by William J. Krouse, Specialist in Domestic Security and Crime Policy, Congressional Research Service, RL32842 (November 14, 2012)

How does your member of Congress know what to think about complex issues?

Members of Congress, and their staff members, have access to CRS Reports and many, many other sources of information, thanks to the expert research services of the Library of Congress. Members of Congress also receive briefings and reports from administrative agencies, colleagues, PACs, nonprofits, advocacy groups, and individuals who write or telephone their elected officials.

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We try to keep an eye out for any updates to our How to Find U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit briefs posts.

You can visit our previous post and also see the official United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit website.

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CALI and the Legal Information Institute join forces to provide free ebooks of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

From CALI/LII:

The 2013 Editions (effective December 1, 2012) as well as the 2012 and 2011 editions can be found on the eLangdell Bookstore.

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