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(PR-DIPF) Remote Court Appearances with Self-Represented Litigants

Course Description 
This course will provide training to the target and secondary audience on how to conduct remote court appearances when one of the case participants is self represented, and how to ensure SRLs have equal and fair access to the courts, including SRLs who have limited English proficiency or disabilities. The course will share tips, best practices, and lessons learned while facilitating
remote court appearances with SRLs.

Participant Learning Objectives
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Prepare for and proficiently facilitate and conduct fair and just remote court proceedings with SRLs;
  • Take into account special considerations for SRLs who seek to appear remotely;
  • Guard against implicit bias that may result from conducting remote court proceedings with SRLs; and
  • Troubleshoot common problems and assist SRLs to overcome barriers to appearing remotely for court. 

Professional Competency or Competencies Associated with this Course:

Informed and Impartial Decision Maker

Knowledge of the Law and Justice System
4. Understands the legal and operational matters relevant to the assignment. Builds knowledge from relevant disciplines and understands their implication in daily work.
Self-Knowledge and Self-Control
6. Understands how ones' personal perspective, values, preferences, mental state and
way of thinking can impact decision-making and others' perceptions of fairness.
Develops and applies strategies to manage emotions and address biases in judgment
and behavior.

Leader of the Court Process
Managing the Case and the Court Process
7. Directs docket and courtroom operations by planning and coordinating schedules, managing case processing timelines and facilitating information exchange between parties in a case, court staff and other stakeholders.

Building Respect and Understanding
8. Interacts effectively with all those who work in or appear before the court in a manner conducive to a fair process and just outcomes. Listens attentively to others and provides clear and effective communication to ensure a shared understanding of the issues in the case, court processes and decisions.