In 2017, after an extensive assessment of the components of the Georgia Access to Justice eco-system, the Justice for All Working Group developed a Strategic Action Plan intended to meet the consumers of civil legal services where they are-geographically, institutionally, and financially, thus creating Law Libraries as Self-Help Resource Centers.
In 2018, Dougherty County, Georgia was chosen as a pilot program for the State of Georgia. The objective of the Legal Self-Help Center is to meet the legal needs of civil litigants and refer them to the most appropriate form of legal services including GeorgiaLegalAid.org; self-help assistance in self-representation, Georgia Legal Service Programs and attorneys for full or limited scope representation; a pro bono attorney for full representation on a pro/low bono basis or full service or limited scope services attorney through a lawyer-designed and lawyer- supervised referral process.
Today the Southwest Georgia Legal Self -Help Center has served over 38,000 patrons from legal communities both in and out of the State of Georgia. Today, the Southwest Georgia Legal Self-Help Center is the State of Georgia’s Model Project paving the way for pilot programs in the state and the nation.