Rule Would Give NY Judges Leeway To Aid Pro Se Parties

Law360, New York (January 28, 2013, 4:01 PM EST) -- Amid concerns that more litigants in New York state courts are taking on make-or-break legal matters without an attorney, the state's court system on Friday proposed a new rule to give judges more leeway in helping such litigants avoid common blunders.

In a memo penned by New York Unified Court System counsel John W. McConnell, the state proposed adding a new line to the code of conduct designed to encourage judges to take a more active role in helping those without counsel.

"It is not a violation...
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