PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A recent state Supreme Court decision is widening the menu of legal services Rhode Islanders can choose from when they represent themselves in court — a move advocates praise as improving access to justice for people who can’t afford the “Cadillac” of legal help.
The high court earlier this month cleared the way for lawyers to provide a limited scope of representation — including writing briefs — for people representing themselves, as long as those services are reasonable and the litigant gives informed consent. Lawyers must sign any pleadings that they help a client prepare and disclose extent of their role in the case.
By Katie Mulvaney
Journal Staff Writer
June 22. 2015 11:15PM