on June 3, 1997, by the Kansas Supreme Court, 46 members of the Kansas Citizens
Justice Initiative Committee held public hearings, reviewed surveys, and
reviewed the work of subcommittees to inquire into the state of the justice
system and to make recommendations as to its improvement.
A limited number of the 23 recommendations relate to unbundling issues,
these recommendations are listed below and their number corresponds with the
number they were given within the 23 recommendations.
Unbundling Legal Services
Allowing an individual to retain an attorney to provide a single service,
without the lawyer undertaking general representation of the individual in the
matter, could have substantial benefit for consumers by increasing access to
legal services. The Kansas Bar Association or another group should study the
extent to which unbundling of legal services can be accomplished without
undermining the lawyers ethical obligation to the client and should recommend
for adoption by the Supreme Court a rule permitting unbundling in circumstances
where it is appropriate.
Post-admission Legal Internship
Kansas Supreme Court and the Kansas Bar Association should conduct a study to
determine whether a system that encourages law firms to hire newly admitted
lawyers as legal interns, who would provide services at no or little cost, for
those with insufficient income to hire an attorney, but whose income exceeds
Legal Aid qualifications guidelines. The
study should determine whether or not this benefits the legal community.
Pro Se Litigation
Kansas Supreme Court should promulgate a policy statement for the Kansa court
system concerning pro se litigants to increase uniformity in dealing with these
litigants by providing guidance to court administrators, clerks, the bench, the
public and the bar. The statement
should specify the services and types of assistance that may be provided to pro
se litigants without violating rules prohibiting the unauthorized practice of
(b)Three pilot projects
should be conducted to evaluate the use of pro se service centers or kiosks to
assist pro se litigants. Large,
medium-sized and small counties should be selected for the pilot projects.
(c)The pro se policy
statement should require development of an education program for judges, court
staff members, attorney and pro se litigants.
Supreme Court should direct the Office of Judicial Administration to publish an
annual report for a period of five years itemizing the actions taken upon each
of the Commissions recommendations and identifying the appropriate government
body or entity to undertake any further study or action that it required.
KANSAS JUSTICE INITIATIVE COMMISSION: Recommendations
published in the Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, August 4, 1999 For
presentation to the Legislative Coordinating Council
By: Grace Wilson