UTAH STATE COURTS EXPANDS SELF-HELP CENTER SERVICES
Center Now Assisting Self-Help Parties in Sixth Judicial District
Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts has expanded the Self-Help Center services to the Sixth Judicial District. The Self-Help Center assists individuals who are representing themselves in court to better understand court processes. The Self-Help Center program was launched in December 2007 in the Second and Eighth Judicial Districts as part of a pilot project and expanded to the Seventh Judicial District in January 2009.
The center staff provides legal information via a toll-free telephone help line, text messaging, and e-mail. The toll-free phone number is 888-683-0009 and the text messaging number is 801-432-0898. The help line and text services are available Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals can also receive assistance by e-mailing the center staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to www.utcourts.gov/howto.
Self-Help Center services are available to anyone who has a case in the district, juvenile, and justice courts in the Sixth Judicial District, which includes Garfield, Kane, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and Wayne counties. The center staff is available to provide information about what to do before going to court, how to prepare paperwork for court, how to represent oneself in court, and what to do with an order issued by the court. Assistance is available in all civil matters, including the areas of family law—such as adoption, paternity, divorce, custody and child support—as well as domestic violence, guardianship/conservatorship, probate, landlord-tenant disputes, and small claims cases. Center staff also refer individuals to appropriate legal services providers and other community resources.
“The Self-Help Center services are not a substitute for an attorney,” explained Salt Lake City Justice Court Judge John Baxter. “Center staff can explain how the courts work and provide forms and referrals; however, the staff cannot provide legal advice.” Judge Baxter chairs the court’s Standing Committee on Resources for Self-represented Parties, which initiated the Self-Help Center pilot project.
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