Modeled on a national conference addressing the challenges
presented by the
increasing numbers of individuals who represent themselves
(known as pro se litigants) in civil cases, the Massachusetts
Judicial Branch is holding its first Statewide Conference
on Unrepresented Litigants. The objectives are to bring
together members of the judiciary and legal community
to address the many complex legal and social issues
involved, and to develop a consensus and systematic
steps toward ensuring access to justice for pro se litigants.
The conference will feature national and state judicial
and bar leaders, who will speak about the changes occurring
throughout our society, economy, and government which
may impact the administration of justice.
Lively exchanges of ideas and methods for addressing
the challenges posed by the numbers of pro se litigants
in the courts will take place in plenary sessions, panel
discussions and workshops during the two-day conference.
More than 300 people are expected to attend.