SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Many people in Western Massachusetts involved with the courts don’t necessarily need a lawyer. But they do need advice how to go about proceeding through the legal system.
People in that predicament can now get help through Springfield’s Court Service Center. The Center’s volunteer legal staff walks litigants through a variety of steps necessary to go to court without a lawyer.
Karen Duffy explained what issues the center could help people with. “This could be a landlord or a tenant involved in an eviction matter,” she told 22News, “it could be someone considering a divorce or child support, or some wanting to file a small claims action.”
The service center formally opened on Friday after a trial run of several months. During that time, more than two thousand people came to the center for advice. The Court Service Center is on the first floor of the Hampden County Hall of Justice.