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November 11, 2013

Videos offer tips for people representing themselves in state courts

CUMBERLAND —The Maryland Judiciary has launched a series of videos to help people who represent themselves in court.

“The Judiciary is dedicated to providing fair, timely and equal access to justice for everyone here in Maryland,” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “These videos help us meet those goals by providing vital information to help people become more familiar with how courts operate and how they can help themselves in court cases.”

The first four videos in the series are available to view on the Judiciary’s website.

“Tips for Your Day in Court” includes general information and several key tips at

“Service of Process” explains how the plaintiff can make sure the defendant is properly served court papers at

“Defending a Small Claim” explains options for someone who is being sued for $5,000 or less in the District Court of Maryland at http://mdcourts. gov/video/selfhelp/atjdefendingagainstasmallclaim20131016.wmv.

“Finding Legal Help” covers how to get legal help in a civil matter at video/selfhelp/atjfindinglegalhelp20131016.wmv. A number of programs in Maryland provide legal help and, in some cases, may be able to provide legal representation in court.

The videos were developed by the Maryland Access to Justice Commission, which works to improve and expand all people’s access to the state’s civil justice system.

A list of the videos is available on the Judiciary’s website:

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