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Report on Limited Scope Legal Assistance with Initial Recommendations (2001)

The California Commission on Access to Justice established the Limited Representation Committee to study the practice of delivering legal services known as limited scope legal assistance, or “unbundling.” The Committee was directed to analyze current practices and to provide recommendations to the bar, the courts and other involved institutions and individuals to assist them as they address the issues raised by limited scope legal assistance in the civil law context – with the ultimate goal of helping increase the availability of legal assistance for persons of low and moderate means.

This report is intended to help clarify the roles and duties of all those involved with limited scope legal assistance: the consumer; the “unbundling” attorney; and the court — as well as opposing parties and their attorneys.