Legal Resources & eTools on MN Court Websites

Hennepin CountyWhether you volunteer at an advice clinic or provide full representation through VLN, sharing your time and expertise with clients who have low income helps fill critical gaps in access to justice. The expansion of legal information and e-tools available on the Minnesota court websites is also intended to bridge some of the gaps. This “Tip of the Month” highlights some of those resources (hyperlinked in blue!) that may be useful to you and your clients. Read more >>

Submitted by: Katrina Zabinski, Staff Attorney 4th Judicial District & Court Self-Help Center

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Court Forms Useful for Unbundled Legal Services

The Minnesota Judicial Branch has new forms for “Responding to a Civil Lawsuit” at www.mncourts.gov/Default.aspx?page=513&category=45. These forms may be useful to pro bono attorneys at brief advice clinics and for unbundled legal services. The forms include an Answer, Affidavit of Service, and Instructions. The instructions strongly advise pro se parties to get legal advice.

The Minnesota Court’s Self Help Center website includes additional materials explaining the civil lawsuit process at www.mncourts.gov/selfhelp under the Civil Actions topic. Included there is the booklet “What to Expect as a Self Represented Plaintiff or Defendant in a Civil Trial” covering the steps in a trial, settlement, burden of proof, evidence basics, and other topics.

Directing clients to these resources before or after a consultation may help prepare them for meeting with you, and reduce the time you spend explaining basic information.

Submitted by Susan Ledray, Fourth Judicial District Pro Se Services Manager 

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