In 2011, the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court received approximately 31% of all self-represented (pro se) bankruptcy filings nationally. The Court has recently completed an extensive study of self-represented litigants in its service area. The resulting report is titled Access to Justice in Crisis: Self-Represented Parties and the Court.
Access to Justice in Crisis: Self-Represented Parties and the Court summarizes what the Court knows about its self-represented litigants and identifies what happens to their cases. The report assesses current programs and clarifies goals for serving the needs of these litigants while trying to answer important questions about who these self-represented litigants are, why they are unrepresented, and how their filings impact the Court, bar, and the legal profession. It also details information about efforts made by the Court and local bar associations to address this large underserved population through various pro bono programs and other services provided by the Central District of California.
Access to Justice in Crisis: Self-Represented Parties and the Court is now available on the Court’s website at www.cacb.uscourts.gov under Publications.