Serving the Legal Information Needs of the Public
Location: Ethel Everhard Memorial Library, 117 East Third Street, Westfield, WI (map & driving directions)
This workshop is planned specifically for libraries in counties in the 6th Judicial District:
Adams, Columbia, Green Lake, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waushara, and Wood County
In recent years we’ve witnessed a growth in the number of people wishing to represent themselves in court, mainly in family and small claims cases, and we wish to make things easier for them by providing more readily understandable information. For the past several years the Wisconsin Supreme Court, its staff, and court officials at the local level have worked closely with the State Law Library and others to develop websites, forms and other legal materials to enhance services to the public.
This workshop will be a valuable opportunity for public librarians to meet personally with local judges, and state and local court officials. This workshop program also contains a follow-up component where local court staff will visit participating libraries to strengthen the legal knowledge base and help create a relationship of cooperation between the library and the court system.
8:45 - 9 am
Registration & refreshments
9 am - 12:15 pm
Public Libraries and the Courts – Establishing Partnerships and Providing Opportunities for Information Sharing
• Welcome and Overview of Assistance to Self Represented Litigants in Wisconsin, both Statewide and in the 6th Judicial District
• Introduction to the Offices and Services of the Clerk of Court and Register in Probate, including Consolidated Court Automated Programs (CCAP) and follow-up plan for in-person visits to the public libraries
• Court Forms and Resources on the Internet, Including Divorce Forms and Instructions
• State Law Library’s Legal Topics – A Librarian’s Best Friend
12:15 - 1 pm
1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Using the Internet to Help the Public with Legal Questions
• Jane Colwin, from the Wisconsin State Law Library, will provide an overview of Wisconsin’s legal framework, focusing on how to find and use reliable internet websites that provide access to Wisconsin legal materials such as statutes, administrative codes, case law, journal articles, forms, etc. She will also discuss the problems and pitfalls of helping library users with legal questions, and demonstrate websites and other materials designed to help library users help themselves.
Presenters will include:
• Judge Guy Dutcher, Waushara County
• Ron Ledford, Sixth District Court Administrator
• Bernadette Flatoff, Clerk of Circuit Court, Portage County
• Terry Warner, Register in Probate, Adams County
• Jamie Kiener and Linda Check, Portage County Pro Se Programming Coordinators
• Jane Colwin, State Law Librarian, Wisconsin State Law Library
• Ann Zimmerman, Statewide Pro Se Coordinator, Wisconsin Supreme Court
There will be a $6.00 charge for lunch.
Continuing education contact hours: 5
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