Since its creation in the mid-20th century, the Small Claims Part has provided the general public access to the court system without the need either to navigate a procedural maze or for legal representation. As a result, it has been colloquially re-named "the people's court," as evening after evening pro se litigants appear to have their cases decided by an army of volunteer attorneys doing the public good.
Small Claims Pro Bono Arbitrators Needed
New York Law Journal
May 3, 2010
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