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  1. KLEPS SITE VISIT REGIONAL COURT & LIBRARY PARTNERSHIP Monterey, San Benito Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Courts

  2. A Short Video

  3. How “It” All BeganCommunity-Focused Planning May 1998 • Statewide Conference, “Courts and Their Communities” • Strategic planning at a local level • Involving the Community to renew public trust and confidence • Improving Access • Judicial Council support for outreach to the community • Courts identified interested groups in the community • Focus groups used in strategic plan development 1998-99

  4. Strategic Plans & Self-Help Planning Grants FY2000-01 • Strategic Plans for Providing or Improving Services submitted to the Judicial Council • Strategic plans aligned with the Judicial Council’s mission and goals • Included services for self-represented • Self-Help Planning Grants Regional Approach - Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz take a Regional Approach • Survey court users, court staff and legal service providers • Law school externs study clerks’ windows to assess impact of SRL’s on the time it takes to process cases FY2001-02

  5. Self-Help Planning Grants FY2002-03 • Developed a list of entities willing to partner with the courts in delivering self-help services • Santa Clara joined the consortium. Emphasis switched from identifying resources that could provide support to developing those resources • Developed formal regional volunteer programs in the four courts • Developed library partnership FY2005-06

  6. Regional Court & Library Partnership • Self-Help Planning Grant • Need – Bring services into the community • Libraries – a Natural partnership? • $25,000 ($60,000 request) • Met with reps from local libraries and the courts to brainstorm

  7. Regional Court & Library Partnership • Focus – Training librarians on legal sites on the internet and local resources • Developed MOU between Courts to provide trainers • Contracted with Peninsula Library System • Manage the Project (priceless!) • Follow-up, reports, statistics • Maintain Regional Library intranet site

  8. MOU BETWEEN THE COURTS

  9. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT • Taught at library computer labs if available • Created internal webpage for Librarians • http://www.systemref.org/law.htm • Training schedule/Registration • Handouts • Still Maintained – more legal resources • Design and delivery of Bookmarks • Design and delivery of MyLO folders

  10. PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT • 6 Training sessions for Librarians • Santa Clara – 4 • Santa Cruz – 1 • Monterey – 1 • Trainers • Self-Help Center Supervisor from each court • AOC for legalselfhelp.ca.gov • Public Interest Clearinghouse for lawhelpca.gov • San Mateo Superior Court for EZLegalFile.org

  11. AGENDA

  12. DISCUSSION – OUTCOMES What we learned: Librarians • Court and Justice system • Legal websites • Self-Help Center Services • “A Day in the Life” at a SHC

  13. DISCUSSION – OUTCOMESWhat we learned: Courts • Working with counterparts in other counties • Public Libraries • Similarities with Librarians • “Train the Trainer” most effective (follow-on public trainings )

  14. REPLICATION • Funding not necessary… but highly desirable! • Set a meeting • Discuss patron needs • Find similarities of interests • Start with same curriculum • Maximize each others’ strengths