Statewide Law Library/Self-Help Center Project Advisory Workgroup
Group: Minnesota Judicial Branch
County law libraries are established under Minn. Stat. Chap. 134A (see Appendix A) and there is a law library or branch in each county. These are independent entities governed by county law library boards of trustees. According to the Minnesota State Demographic Center’s 2005 population figures, 63% of Minnesota citizens are served by ten county law libraries with full-time staffing. These libraries offer an impressive array of services to the public and most have collaborative programs addressing the needs of self-represented litigants. However, in the 77 law libraries with minimal or no staffing, resources are underutilized by the public. There is great potential for improving the county law libraries of greater Minnesota in a manner that will both help the libraries and further court programs directed at the public, especially in the area of assisting self-represented litigants. Surveys revealed that lack of staff impedes communication between service providers. Many self-help responders were unaware of the resources available in their own libraries. Since 40% of the law libraries do not have internet access, library users cannot access the court’s website. To address these and other issues, the Workgroup developed several documents to assist county law library boards in helping public patrons.
- Sectors (Govt, Non-Profit, etc)
- Location in resource
- Internet Available?
- Has population data?
- Year(s) of Publication
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