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Purpose

One focus of CAJT is to assist pro se litigants obtain greater access to justice. Many self-represented litigants, even in simple cases, struggle to navigate through an unfamiliar and procedurally complex court system. From 1998–2001, Chicago-Kent studied self-represented litigants in five courts across the country. Based on the results of that study, "Access to Justice: Meeting the Needs of Self-Represented Litigants," CAJT partnered with the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) to create a unique software tool titled A2J Author®. This tool allows the technically savvy lawyer or law student to build A2J Guided Interviews®. A2J Guided Interviews® are online, graphical interfaces that are able to collect data from self-represented litigants. A2J Guided Interviews® increase access to justice by completing document assembly processes, feeding e-filing systems and populating client databases using the collected information.