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Help available for going to court without a lawyer

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By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Going to court without a lawyer is becoming a big trend and now it's becoming easier for part of Kentuckiana.

The legal process can often be a muddy one especially when you go it alone.  That's something a new program being launched in Clark County hopes to clear up with the "Clark Legal Self Help Center."

Several cities and towns and lawyers in that county have all joined together and collectively worked to develop booklets explaining many common legal issues; from what to do in court, to help with filing legal forms.

University of Louisville Law Students and interns will also work shifts to provide legal consultations and explanations all to help clear up any confusion.

"People can get in front of lawyers and get a better definition of what that problem is that's described in those court papers," said Clark County Judge Daniel Moore.

"The world in which we live and the society in which we live gets more legally complicated all the time," said Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard. "It simply makes the task of navigating harder than it was 10 years ago or even 20 or 30 years ago and even lawyers lose track of this."

Computer software and a website are also being developed, and should be completed later this summer.

All the programs are available to those with low income, helping to make the legal system both cheaper and easier for those in need for things like going to court or just need to file paperwork.

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