The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has called a special work session for Thursday, Jan. 18, where the board will consider whether the county should create a Legal Support Center that would help people who are attempting “Pro se” legal work – that is, those handling their own civil matters in the Guilford County court system.
It wouldn’t affect people who are handling criminal matters themselves.
The center would not give legal advice but would instead help those who are working lawyer-less on their own behalf navigate the system and it would take some pressure off of court staff.
County officials say similar models have worked well in Wake County and other counties in the state and, at the January 18 work session, the Guilford County commissioners will consider whether the program – requested by Guilford County court officials – would be a good idea for this county.
The board already had a regular scheduled meeting for 5:30 p.m. on January 18 and this newly called work session will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Carolyn Coleman Conference Room on the first floor of the Old Guilford County Court House at 301 W. Market St. in Greensboro..
In addition to discussing funding for a Legal Support Center, the board is also scheduled to get financial updates on the current 2023-24 fiscal year budget as well as an update on the construction of the Law Enforcement Administration Center. That’s the Sheriff’s Department’s planned new administrative headquarters that ran into a brick wall in early 2023 when the Board of Commissioners pulled out of a $20 million contract with Samet Corp. for reasons that were never entirely divulged.
At the work session, the board will also discuss the status of old Erwin Elementary school – a building the county has taken over from the school system.
Anyone who wants to watch the afternoon work session may attend, or watch and listen by via Zoom by going to https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1619974303, completing the webinar registration, and selecting the option to join from the confirmation email prior to the start of the meeting.
The work session will also be livestreamed on Guilford County’s Facebook page.
Copies of the agenda for the work session will be available for review prior to the start of the meeting at https://guilford.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Those interested can contact Deputy Clerk Ariane Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.