What are Interactive Court Forms? The interactive court forms are designed to help low-income Arkansans representing themselves in court complete the forms they need easily and accurately online.
What Should I Expect? You will answer questions in an interview format and your answers will be used to fill in forms relevant to your court case. Once you click the link to the form you need, you will taken to our partnering site, Automated Documents Online for Nonprofit Legal Services, to complete the interview for the interactive forms. At the end of the interview, you will submit your answers, wait for your documents to be assembled, and then download your documents for printing. Instructions about what to do next will be included in your printed form packet.
Who Can Use This Program? This program is designed for low-income Arkansans, or advocates assisting them, who are representing themselves in a non-criminal court case.
What Do I Need To Get Started? First, select the type of forms needed for your legal situation (eg. Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, or Name Change). Each section will provide you with a list of information you will need to complete the interview and corresponding court forms.
Do I Need a Specific Browser to Access the Interactive Forms? To access the interactive court forms, make sure to use an updated, Flash-enabled internet browser such as Internet Explorer. You may want to check for the latest version of the browser by visiting their website.
What Software is Needed to Download and Print the Forms? The interactive court forms download for printing in Rich Text Format (.rtf), which can be opened in Microsoft Word or Word Perfect. Make sure when downloading the documents your computer chooses one of those two programs to download the documents and therefore avoid getting nonsense or "gibberish".
How Much Does It Cost? There is no cost for using this program. However, please note there are fees for filing most court documents. The instructions will include fee information or you can contact your local Court Assistance Office for more details.
Why can I not see the interview? I Keep Getting an Error Message: (There is a problem. Could not find question. Unable to proceed.) Macromedia Shockwave Player (Flash) MUST be installed on the computer you are using in order to view the interviews. If Flash is not installed, you will get an error message at the beginning of your interview indicating there is a problem. If you are using your own computer it is safe, easy to install, and free. To download the latest version of Flash, go to: Adobe Macromedia Shockwave Player (Flash) and click Install Now. If you are using a public computer, check with the organization to find out if Macromedia Shockwave Player (Flash) is installed. Note: Flash only needs to be downloaded the first time you use the program.
What browser should I use? These automated forms are currently only compatible with Internet Explorer browsers. Other browsers (such as Firefox or Safari) are not compatible with these resources.
What Should I Know About Representing Myself In Court? When you represent yourself in court you are held to the same standards as an attorney. Your preparation, paperwork, and your conduct at all hearings must comply with court rules and orders. You should always talk to a lawyer about your legal issues before filing any legal paperwork. Even if you do not hire a lawyer to appear in your case, a lawyer can give you information about your rights.