A2J Author for Non-Lawyers

Chicago-Kent Law School, out of its Center for Access to Justice & Technology, has started publishing A2J — Access to Justice apps.

A2J Author is a platform that lets non-tech specialists in the government, courts, and legal world to build websites & apps to let non-lawyers get more access — more easily — to the bureaucracy of the courts.

One instantiation is the A2J Guided Interview, which walks people who are representing themselves in court through the process.  It takes them through a flowchart of decisions and tells them what papers they’ll need to assemble for court documents.

You can try it out if you want to pretend you are filing an “Application to Sue or Defend as an Indigent in Cook County, Illinois”.  At the link, an online program to help you create the form to file this for free.