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Library initiative helps serve the needs of self-represented litigants

Madison, Wisconsin - June 9, 2014

On June 10, the Wisconsin Court System and the South Central Library System will co-sponsor a special training session in Fitchburg, Wis. for librarians who assist people who represent themselves in court. The project's goal is to foster communications between local courts and public libraries in an effort to better meet the legal service needs of the self-represented litigants.

Presenters at the program, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon at the Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road in Fitchburg, include: District Court Administrator Gail Richardson, Fifth Judicial District; Dane County Circuit Court Judge Shelley Gaylord; Dane County Clerk of Circuit Court Carlo Esqueda; Rock County Register in Probate, Louis Mineau; UW-Madison Law School Professor Marsha Mansfield; and State Law Librarian Julie Tessmer.

The program will provide librarians with:

  • An overview of assistance to self-represented litigants in Wisconsin, both statewide and in Dane, Rock, Green and LaFayette Counties
  • Introduction to the offices and services of the clerk of circuit court and register in probate and to Consolidated Court Automated Programs (CCAP) court forms and resources on the Internet
  • State Law Library's legal topics – a librarian's best friend
  • Using the Internet to help the public with legal questions

Bonnie MacRitchie
Office of Court Operations
(608) 261-7550

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