An ad hoc assessment team has been created to review the three Supreme Court entities that predominantly focus on issues involving unrepresented litigation in Indiana. The three entities are:
- Indiana Pro Bono Commission
- Committee on Unrepresented Litigants
- Indiana Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services
The purpose of the ad hoc assessment team is to generate recommendations to reduce cases where individuals go to court without a lawyer and to lessen the burden it imposes on trial courts.
The 10-member assessment team will be facilitated by Carol Adinamis, incoming President of the Indiana State Bar Association, and Justice Dickson will serve as the Court's liaison. Additional members are listed in the Supreme Court order which is available here.
The Indiana Pro Bono Commission was created by Professional Conduct Rule 6.6 to increase the number of hours lawyers volunteer services to Hoosiers who cannot afford a lawyer.
The Committee on Unrepresented Litigants was created by Administrative Rule 4(D) to assist people without lawyers to effectively function in court and to dissuade others from going to court without a lawyer.
The Indiana Commission to Increase Access to Civil Legal Services was created by Supreme Court order to encourage and foster cooperation, interaction, and coordination between all Indiana providers of legal services.
The assessment team will provide a written report, with findings and recommendations, to the Indiana Supreme Court by September 1, 2015.