Access To Justice & Self Help Center


Access To Justice
 

Welcome to the Eighth Judicial District Access To Justice Committee. Our mission is to develop, coordinate and implement programs and other tools to expand access to justice in civil matters for those who encounter barriers in accessing the local civil justice system.

Contact: Kara Clark
(970) 484-1418
kara@northerncolaw.com
 

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Volunteer Opportunities
 

In conjunction with the Self Help Center that opened last fall in the Justice Center, an Ask-A-Lawyer clinic has been established and will be staffed by local volunteer lawyers. The clinics will provide an opportunity for people, regardless of income eligibility, to consult with lawyers on a variety of topics including family law, landlord-tenant, general civil law, probate and bankruptcy/collection matters. Clinics will be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, with the first clinic on October 14, 2014.  We are looking for volunteer attorneys familiar with the listed practice areas to staff the clinics. Please contact Kara Clark at kara@northerncolaw.com to volunteer.

The Access to Justice Committee is also developing a list of local attorneys willing to represent moderate income clients who are not eligible for free legal services provided by organizations such as Colorado Legal Services and the Larimer County Bar Association Pro Bono Program. The list will be distributed to prospective clients through the Self Help Center. The objective is to improve access to justice in Larimer County by connecting moderate income clients with local attorneys willing to represent those clients on a reduced-fee basis. Please contact Kara Clark at kara@northerncolaw.com to add your name to the list.

 

Self Help Center
 

Welcome to the Self-Help Center. Our mission is to be available to assist self-represented parties involved in legal proceedings in the 8th Judicial District.

Address:

Larimer County Justice Center (1st Floor)
201 Laporte Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80521

Email: 

08SelfHelp@judicial.state.co.us

Hours: 

Monday & Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays by appointment

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More Information
 

The Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator is on staff at the Self-Help Center to provide parties without attorneys free procedural information and will also assist in completing forms. The staff can answer questions about forms, the legal system, court procedure and court processes but CANNOT provide legal advice. Public access computers are available for research and completing forms. 

To schedule an appointment, email 08SelfHelp@judicial.state.co.us or visit the Self Help Center during regular business hours.

How can the Self-Help Center help you?
Here are just a few ways the Self-Help Center can provide assistance to self-represented individuals:
We can…
• Locate and Access Forms
• Look Up Orders
• Check Your Case Status
• Assist you with Filling Out Forms
• Determine Which Form You May Need
• Check Forms for Completeness
• Provide General Information About Court Procedure

 

Self-Help Personnel are neutral information providers and will provide the same services and information to all parties in a case, if requested. In all cases, it is best to obtain the assistance of your own lawyer, especially if your case contains significant or complicated issues. 

 

Modest Means Program
 

The Larimer County Access to Justice Committee has compiled a Modest Means Attorney List.  The attorneys on the list are willing to take cases at reduced rates for clients who earn too much to qualify for pro bono legal services, but do not make enough money to pay customary rates.  Whether a client qualifies as “modest means” is determined by the individual attorney. Each attorney also determines the reduced rate.  Click below to access the list of modest means attorneys.