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Jul 5, 2014 12:37 PM by AP

Self-help legal website operating

MONROE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has introduced a new self-help website designed to provide easier and wider access to legal services.

Fourth Judicial District Judge Wendell Manning says the website - www.4thjdcselfhelp.com - is the result of a collaboration between the court, its bar association, the Louisiana Bar Association, the Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court's Office and Access to Justice.

The News-Star reports the site provides basic legal information like legal forms for divorce to child support. It also provides lists of community resources like The Wellspring, which provides a variety of services.

The information provided is designed to provide anyone who is able to represent himself in court the information to do so, but to also provide information about legal aid attorneys.

"The ultimate end is to achieve justice in as efficient a way as possible while taking into account limited financial resources," Manning said.

Manning said he hopes the services provided on the site will help to close the gap between those who qualify for legal aid and those who, although they have an income source, can't afford an attorney.

The self-help website will be linked from both the Ouachita Parish Clerk of Court's website and the 4th Judicial District Court website.

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Information from: The News-Star.

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