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Ralph N. Kleps Award for 2005

The Superior Courts of California, for the counties of Butte, Glenn, and Tehama are pleased to announce that they have been selected as recipients of the prestigious judicial branch Ralph N. Kleps Award for 2005. Created in 1991 in honor of Ralph N. Kleps, the first administrative director of the Judicial Council's Administrative Office of the Courts, the Kleps Award recognizes and celebrates innovation and contributions made by individual courts to improve the administration of justice in California. Each year the members of the Judicial Council consider the recommendations of the Kleps Award Committee in determining which programs will receive the award. The committee is comprised of California justices, judges, and court administrators, who conduct program site visits and perform detailed review of all nominations.

The project that has resulted in the courts of Butte, Glenn and Tehama Counties receiving this year's Kleps Award is the Self-Help Assistance and Referral Program or Self-Help Center. The program is a joint regional venture of the three courts and was developed in response to the needs of the growing number of litigants who represent themselves in court matters. Many citizens cannot afford a lawyer or choose to represent themselves yet need assistance in preparing legal documents and navigating the court system. The Self-Help Center program centers are designed to give self-represented litigants assistance with access to legal information. The centers provide instructional workshops in a variety of areas of law and assistance to self represented litigants complying with the procedural processes of the court system.

The Self-Help Center centers in Glenn County are located in Orland and Willows. The Tehama County Self-Help Center center is in Red Bluff, and in Butte County there are Self-Help Center centers in Chico and Oroville. The centers are linked together with sophisticated teleconferencing equipment, which allows attorney and staff resources to be shared simultaneously at all Self-Help Center locations.

For further information regarding Self-Help Center please contact:
Suzanne Clark Morlock
Butte County Superior Court
1931 Arlin Rhine Drive
Oroville, CA 95965

Ph; (530) 532-7015



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