Pro se litigants have created a logjam in the 9th Circuit, with its district courts seeing a 39 percent increase in cases filed by those who represent themselves. Recommendations to relieve the situation range from using law students to help handle the load to granting firms success-based fee awards for handling the cases pro bono. The 4th Circuit, which juggles the largest proportion of pro se litigants, may also provide a model for how to handle the deluge.
9th Circuit Feels Pro Se Pressure
The National Law Journal
November 18, 2004