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Implementation Committee for Proposed Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project

The Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project is intended to increase access to civil legal representation in case types where one or both parties typically appear without legal representation. The Minnesota Supreme Court established an Implementation Committee in March 2019 to evaluate options and provide recommendations for implementing and evaluating the pilot by February 28, 2020. See Minnesota Supreme Court Order ADM19-8002.

The Implementation Committee's report was filed with the Court on March 2, 2020 and recommends that the pilot project focus on both housing and family disputes. On April 17, 2020 the Court issued an Order establishing a public comment period and hearing. An Order Regarding Public Hearing on Proposed Legal Paraprofessional Pilot Project was issued on July 27, 2020.  
 
The implementation committee was co-chaired by Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul C. Thissen and Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge John R. Rodenberg. The implementation committee members included legal experts from throughout Minnesota.

You are invited to review and share the Legal Paraprofessional Implementation Committee flyer with anyone who might be interested in the work. Also, see the Judicial Branch News Item, Supreme Court authorizes new pilot to expand role of legal paraprofessionals, for more information.
Implementation Committee Meeting Schedule
 
A variety of resources are available on this topic. This list is not inclusive of all information available but represents some of the information the Implementation Committee has received and reviewed.
 

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