Illinois JusticeCorps Fellow, John O'Neill pictured above
Halle Cox, Director of the Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center has been appointed the Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. This appointment is the result of a grant program created to support the establishment of a statewide network of trial court staff members to evaluate and address the evolving needs of self-represented litigants in civil courts.
According to the Commission, duties of the Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator include "facilitating the sharing of resources and best practices across county lines and judicial circuits to more effectively address the self-help service gaps seen throughout the state." Coordinators will identify, develop, and implement new tools and resources in their local courthouses and as they become aware of other Coordinator's successes throughout the state, they will share resources and strive for the best possible consistent service across circuit courts in Illinois.
Along with the appointment, a Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator may be awarded monies to cover expenses related to the development of new resources and services for self-represented litigants. The Sixteenth Judicial Circuit was awarded $12,000 for Cox's proposed goals of purchasing self-help legal materials available for check out, creating information pamphlets and promotional material for self-represented litigant services and creating 'prescription pads' for family court judges to supply a legal form checklist to people missing court documents for their case.
Another crucial role of Cox in her year-long appointment is to provide onsite coordination for the Sixteenth Judicial Court's second award in 2018—the addition of only one of two full-time Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows in Illinois. John O'Neill, a recent graduate of Lawrence University with a B.A. in Government, started his year-long appointment on September 4. O'Neill's main focus will be helping the general public navigate the legal system and to make courts a more welcoming and less intimidating place for those without lawyers. Sixteenth Judicial Circuit's Chief Judge Susan Clancy Boles said of O'Neill's appointment, "The Illinois JusticeCorps volunteer is an exciting and welcome addition to the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit. We look forward to the positive impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of the system as well as the public's experience and perception of our legal system as a whole."
The Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center is located within the Kane County Judicial Center and is open to the public. The Library houses the County's core of legal research materials, including print products and online databases. The professional library team provides outstanding service supporting its governing statute 55 ILCS 5/5-39001 and furthering open and equal access to legal and governmental information.
Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center
Kane County Judicial Center, 2nd floor
37W777 IL-38, St. Charles, IL 60175