Austin Bar in Action: Self Represented Litigant Project
Watch video to learn more about the Austin Bar in Action Self Represented Litigant Project. Funding for videos provided by the Texas Bar Foundation.
Residents of Travis County who are representing themselves in uncontested civil matters are required to go to the Travis County Law Library and Self Help Center (314 W. 11th, Austin, TX 78701) to obtain the proper forms before appearing in court. Volunteer attorneys from the Austin Bar are in the Law Library to answer questions and help fill out forms Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – noon. They also assist with divorces, obtaining occupational driver’s licenses, name changes and landlord/tenant issues. Additionally, a volunteer attorney staffs the uncontested docket courtroom to help the litigants through the courtroom process.
Many self-represented litigants can’t afford the services of an attorney but also can’t qualify for free legal aid. These are the working poor of Travis County. Due to a judicial mandate, all self-represented litigants are required to go to the Travis County Self Help Center before they are allowed in court. Consequently, the Self Help Center has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people seeking help. In response to this overwhelming need, the Austin Bar Foundation created the Self-Represented Litigant Program to provide assistance for self-represented litigants in the uncontested civil docket.
Watch this video to learn more about how to volunteer.