Supreme Court Report Outlines Pro Se and Indigent Litigant Recommendations
On May 3rd, The Supreme Court Task Force on Pro Se and Indigent Litigants released its report and recommendations.
The 25-member task force was appointed by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer in May 2004 and is composed of judges, lawyers, county commissioners, representatives from legal aid societies and a pro se litigant. The committee studies the general experience of defendants who are “pro se” (without an attorney), pro bono representation and how to better fund organizations that assist indigent clients, such as legal aid societies and public defenders' offices.
Among the task force's recommendations:
- A recommendation that a rule be adopted that requires Ohio attorneys to report their participation in pro bono activities
- A recommendation that rules be adopted allowing for limited representation by Ohio attorneys
- A recommendation that standardized forms be developed for pro se litigants
- A recommendation that the Ohio Public Defender Commission, which is currently part of the executive branch, be an independent entity within the judicial branch
- Several recommendations for alternative funding sources for both public defense and civil legal aid.
The Report is available for download.