American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services August 2014.
The notion of a court-based legal self-help center to provide information and resources to those without full legal representation was launched in the early 1990s in Maricopa County (Phoenix) Arizona. Twenty years later, the American Bar Association has identified approximately 500 self-help centers around the country of whom 222 responded to an online survey, the reports of which are reported in this Self-Help Center Census. This Census provides a window into the structure and operation of self-help centers around the US, with details on staffing, funding, types of services that are provided and the nature of the centers’ customers. The information gathered here illustrates the extent to which self-help centers are a vibrant and effective resource addressing the needs of court-users throughout the country.