About the Self-Service Legal Center
The Role of This Website
This website was created to provide valuable information, court forms, and various resources for people who represent themselves in court. It should be noted, however, that proceeding without a lawyer should not be taken lightly, and that there are many instances in which hiring an attorney is a good idea. In fact, we suggest that even if you use the forms provided on this site, you still talk with an attorney prior to submitting them to a court.
The Self-Service Legal Center contains a lot of information to help you help yourself. You will find various court forms required by the courts and instructions on completing them. You will also find several court forms and other useful documents that have been translated into Spanish with the help of the Indiana Hispanic Law Project. This website will also show you different ways to find an attorney to assist you with your case; an explanation of what mediation is and how it works and a list of certified mediators; suggestions on preparing for court; items that court staff can and cannot help you with; web links to legal dictionaries and other legal materials; links to various courts in Indiana and the United States; and links to other self-service sites.
To ensure access to the judicial system by providing basic resources to unrepresented persons.
About Indiana Pro Se and the Self-Service Legal Project
Indiana courts and clerks handle more than 2 million cases per year, ranging from capital murder cases and multi-million dollar corporate lawsuits, to divorces, minor traffic infractions and rental disputes. The cost and complexity of these cases vary depending on the circumstances and people involved. More often than not, people hire an attorney to help them in these matters. However, the Indiana Supreme Court recognizes the fact that in some instances people involved in litigation choose not to hire an attorney or do not have the ability to hire an attorney. Our goal is to help self represented individuals find resources that may assist them in navigating our court system on their own.