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AZ Virtual Legal Resource Center Wins Awards

Sedona AZ (November 21, 2017) – Number one and two came earlier this year. Friday was the day for number three and four as AzCourtHelp.org racked up two new awards, and the virtual legal resource center is not even a year old! First award, the Arizona Association of Counties’ Summit Award for Court Administration and Management and, moments later, AzCourtHelp.org earned the top honor, Innovation of the Year, recognizing the role that the internet resource plays in linking the courts to the people.

Arizona’s new statewide virtual legal resource center, AzCourtHelp.org, launched in January 2017 to address the gap between those needing legal help and the courts. AzCourtHelp.org offers free assistance to all people who have legal questions or need assistance in resolving disputes.

The virtual legal resource center is especially helpful to self-represented litigants who would otherwise not have access to legal resources in their area. An estimated 80 percent of litigants need some level of assistance to protect their rights, proceed with a legal claim, or access legal help. Even basic information, such as what court to visit for a particular issue, can be confusing to the public.

AzCourtHelp.org features rich content on all types of legal questions ranging from divorce and custody to landlord/tenant issues, civil disputes, and criminal charges. Live webinars on popular topics are available throughout the month at AzCourtHelp.org/public-events.

A host of accessibility features allow text to be read aloud and or translated. Users with visual impairments can adjust text size and or contrast.

Four months ago, the National Association for Court Management (NACM) presented this year’s Top 10 Court Technology Solutions Awards during its annual conference. The NACM award honors courts that make the best use of technology to improve court services and access to the public.

AzCourtHelp.org beat entries from Dubai, Rwanda, and several U.S. states.

In July, the National Association of Counties (NACo) presented Coconino County with its 2017 Achievement Award for its role in launching AzCourtHelp.org.

Stakeholders that contributed to the development of the AzCourtHelp.org include:

  • Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts
  • The Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
  • Coconino County Law Library
  • Coconino Superior Court
  • Arizona State Library, Archives, & Public Records
  • The Office of the Arizona Attorney General
  • The Department of Economic Security’s Division of Child Support Services.

This is the latest in a series of collaborations between Arizona’s courts and the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services. Past programs that gained national recognition include AzLawHelp.org, LawForKids.org, LawForSeniors.org and LawForVeterans.org.

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