Each year the California AOC Center for Families, Children, & the Courts hosts the Conference on Self-Represented Litigants.
The conference brings self-help center representatives together for three days of training and networking. Hundreds come from all over the state.
Dozens of sessions are programmed to provide specific information on a particular feature or function of the court and/or judicial process.
Other sessions are designed to focus on a specific population.
The information gathered at this training is designed to help staff best provide guidance to persons who choose to represent themselves in court without the help of an attorney.
Materials prepared by the AOC Center for Families, & the Courts are made available to all participants.
Handouts provided by subject matter speakers provide additional educational resources for participants to bring back to their courts or centers.
Self-help centers rely on the services of family law facilitators, small claims advisors, legal services providers, court administrators, legal aid providers, and law librarians.
As a cost and time-saving measure, this year's conference was combined with the annual small claims conference.
This annual conference assures centers have the resources they need to meet their growing demands.