March 24, 2020 Gavel Talks | Season 2 - Episode 4

Self Represented Litigants: Meeting the Court’s Responsibility Effectively and Ethically

Featuring the Hon. Neil Axel, Columbia, MD

Trial judges handle an increasing number of cases where at least one party is self-represented.  Although they may have valid claims, the unrepresented may have difficulty meeting procedural and evidentiary requirements, and in presenting the case in a way that a judge can make an informed decision on the merits.   This Gavel Talks will address some of the issues facing trial judges and how to respond to the courtroom challenges that accompany self-represented litigants.