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Chief Justice Mike Heavican Visits Grand Island

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There are only three self-help centers in the state of Nebraska, and very few people know exactly what they are when it comes to the legal system.

Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Mike Heavican says that has to change. He said he needs to see a more efficient court system in Nebraska.

"We came out to Grand Island to celebrate the self-help center in the Hall County Courthouse, which is really available for the entire Tri-City area," Heavican said. "We have a lot of volunteers here."

There are three centers through out the state called self-help centers, helping people going to court understand the ins and outs of the court system, ultimately allowing them to represent themselves.

"The purpose was to allow people who may not have the resources to be able to hire an attorney or people with limited challenges in the litigation, to be able to do it themselves," said Hall County Attorney James Truell.

Truell and Heavican both agree that, although with limited hours, this service benefits the Nebraska court system.

"Justice Heavican is strongly supportive of this self-help process," Truell said. "He believes that there is a great segment of the population that is not getting represented, and by doing this, we speed up the activities in front of the various district judges."

The reason the Chief Justice was in Grand Island is to raise awareness of these centers to the general public, saying that this will always be an option in Nebraska.

"All of our judges tell us anecdotally that it is a big help if people have been to the self-help centers first, before they try to represent themselves in the courtroom," said Heavican.

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