Courts and People without Lawyers
Our legal system was designed for a different era, one where almost everyone in court was represented by a lawyer. However, with increasing frequency, the new normal is for people to appear in court without a lawyer by their side. National studies show that more than 75% of civil court cases have at least one unrepresented party, making it more important than ever to make sure the legal system works for everyone. The CBF’s court advocacy program works to reduce barriers and simplify procedures for the tens of thousands of people in Cook County who will go it alone in court every year.
The CBF works closely with the state and federal courts, the legal community, and legal and pro bono partners to make the court system more friendly, accessible, and fair for everyone. Learn more about our efforts to help people without lawyers by: