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APRIL

New DIY program for Uncontested Divorce

The New York State Courts Access to Justice Program has created a new DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Form program for uncontested divorce. This program is for unrepresented litigants seeking an uncontested divorce using DRL 170(7), no fault, and where there are no children. This is the third DIY program available for litigants in Supreme Court and the 25th DIY program overall.

The program produces all the paperwork needed for an uncontested divorce. The forms and instructions generated from the Uncontested Divorce DIY Form Program are personalized to the litigant and print only those papers and instructions applicable to his or her situation. Compared to the "paper" uncontested divorce packet and instructions, the papers generated from the Uncontested Divorce DIY Form Program print about 34 fewer pages. The program is available on CourtHelp.




MARCH

Tompkins County Family Court Clerk's Office Staff Wins DIY Star Award!

On March 27, 2014, the Tompkins County Family Court Staff was awarded the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's prestigious DIY Star Award. The award is presented from time to time to courts and individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the successful development and implementation of the DIY Form programs. The Tompkins Court staff received the award because of their outstanding usage and promotion of the Family Court DIY Form programs, increasing access to justice for unrepresented litigants. Read about the Tompkin's Family Court's Star Award.

Kansas and Montana State Court Officials Visit

Visit from the Montana and Kansas State Courts
The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program hosted officials from the Montana and Kansas State Courts

Both the Kansas and Montana State Court systems received grants from the National Center for State Court's Center on Court Access to Justice for All, in order to travel to New York to observe the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's DIY Form document assembly programs and Court Help Centers. The Technical Assistance Grant is awarded to courts interested in gaining specific expertise on implementing an access to justice program, practice or service. During the week of March 17, 2014, eight State Court officials attended an all day session in New York City learning the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program's Best Practices and also visited and observed the Bronx Family Court Help Center.




FEBRUARY

2013 Report

The NYS Courts Access to Justice Program issued its 2013 Report, entitled, "Delivering Legal Services, Assistance and Information to the Public." The Report provides a brief overview of the Access to Justice Program's programs and resources, as well as the highlights of the Access to Justice Program's accomplishments in 2013. Some of the highlights include: expansion of the VLFD Housing Program, VLFD Consumer Debt Program serving 10,000 litigants, new Family Offense Petition Advocate program, DIY Form program's expansion to County Courts, opening of the 7th JD Help Center, launch of the Uncontested Divorce DIY Form program pilot, ACP expansion, and 109 trainings and presentation held for the public and court personnel, including Judge Fisher's participation in a White House forum on access to justice. In addition, this year's Report describes the Access to Justice Program's multi-faceted approach to the delivery of legal services, assistance and information and the benefits to unrepresented litigants and the court system of the different types of delivery methods. Thank you to all the partners, friends, and court personnel who helped make 2013 another successful year!




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