Chief Judge Stephen Sawyer and Circuit Clerk Angela Crum announced the opening of a new online Wabash County Legal Self-Help Center.
"The legal self-help center is not an adequate substitute for representation by a skilled attorney and we encourage all litigants to find legal representation, if at all possible," said Judge Stephen Sawyer, Chief Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit.
"We realize, however, that many people coming to court cannot afford an attorney and Land of Lincoln staff and pro bono attorneys cannot help everyone.
If unrepresented people take the time to read the information on the website and to prepare for their court hearing, we think that their experience in court will be more successful and less intimidating," he
"The Second Judicial Circuit and Chief Judge Stephen Sawyer are to be congratulated for
support and encouragement made the process of setting up these centers much easier.
Because we have an organization like Illinois Legal Aid Online which has developed and maintains the underlying body of legal information that serves as the backbone for the legal self-help center and because we have the cooperation of public libraries like the Mt. Carmel Public Library, we can establish these centers at very low cost," he said.
The homepage of the website will feature a welcoming video by Chief Judge Sawyer.
The homepage also lists the location and hours of the Mt. Carmel Public Library where individuals who do not have personal access to the internet can use the library's public access computers.
The Wabash County Legal Self-Help Center was developed by a broad-based group of people and organizations in Wabash County including Judge Sawyer, Angela Crum, Circuit Clerk, Cassandra Goldman, State's Attorney, Jane Jones of The Guardian Center and Twilla Coon and Sandra Ward from the Mt. Carmel Public Library.