Bexar County, Texas, commissioners terminated a short-lived program to aid people representing themselves in family law and other matters after an outcry by solos and other lawyers.
On Jan. 22, the Bexar County Commissioners Court approved a plan, championed by 407th District Judge Karen H. Pozza and San Antonio Bar Association (SABA) leaders, to fund a self-help center in the law library of the Bexar County Courthouse for pro se filers.
The center, which would have offered only limited legal assistance for pro se filers and would not result in the formation of attorney-client relationships, was to be staffed by two attorneys and a clerk and funded by adding $11 to the county’s fee for filing a suit. The idea, Pozza says, was to offer basic assistance to the approximately 40 to 50 would-be pro se filers who show up at the courthouse daily, often with incorrect forms downloaded or purchased off the Internet.
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