Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Laura Revolinski and Gordon Bonnyman argue in the new Tennessee Bar Journal that making the civil justice system accessible to pro se litigants must include updating archaic court forms, which are "frozen in language prescribed by antebellum statutes." Cheatham County General Sessions Judge Philip Maxey observes that “the terminology on the forms is confusing to ordinary citizens. It is difficult for people to understand that a paper that says ‘detainer’ actually means ‘eviction.’” Modernization of the forms is the first objective of a new project aimed at improving the experience of self-represented litigants in the General Sessions Courts. Read more about the efforts in this article.
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