District Court - Glen BurnieDistrict Court Launches Glen Burnie Self-Help Center to Provide Free Legal Assistance

To enhance the ability of self-represented litigants to navigate the courts, District Court has launched a new self-help center pilot project in Glen Burnie. Modeled after the successful family law self-help centers that operate in the 24 Circuit Courts, the new center opened in December 2009 and is helping court users represent themselves in small claims, landlord-tenant and other civil matters. The center offers two full-time attorneys (one a supervising attorney), a paralegal and an administrative assistant. Staff members provide basic information, legal advice and assistance in completing court forms. Users can revisit the program for assistance in preparing for a court proceeding or additional assistance as their case proceeds. The site also provides users with state-of-the-art interactive, touch-screen computer technology to assist with the preparation of legal documents. All services are free.

To date, the Glen Burnie center has served more than 700 individuals. The site also offers mediation and on-site assistance for victims of domestic violence through the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

www.mdcourts.gov/district/selfhelpcenter/home.html

Glen Burnie District Court location and contact information: www.mdcourts.gov/district/directories/courtmap.html#annearundel