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California’s Legal Self-Help

By: Judicial Council of California, Public Welfare Foundation

The Public Welfare Foundation has a special initiative on civil legal aid for the poor. Through this initiative, we hope to catalyze and elevate solutions that advance the civil legal aid field and civil justice reform. As the Conference of Chief Justices called for, the goal is to move toward a system that provides a continuum of meaningful and appropriate services to give effective assistance to all those with essential civil legal needs.

This video was produced  by the Judicial Council of California and supported by the Public Welfare Foundation. In a state that has a self-help center in every trial court jurisdiction, the video features San Francisco, one of the most longstanding of these centers and an example of the importance of self-help services to closing the civil justice gap. As I hope you will agree, the video offers a picture of how a well-developed  self-help center can be an important tool to support a person who is without legal help. It can guide and refer the user to the right kind of legal help or to relevant social services depending on the need. The video also seeks to help the viewer understand  the use of “triage.”

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Uploaded on: Mar 23, 2017
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