- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - People representing themselves in civil cases being appealed in Arizona’s state court system may be able to get some free legal help.

The Court of Appeals is launching a program to identify specific cases in which one or both sides lack lawyers. Those litigants would be offered a volunteer lawyer.

But the court stresses that it will pick the cases and won’t accept requests for representation.

The court says it expects to select cases that are complex, involve a new legal issue or require specialized legal research.

According to the court, the program should benefit not only litigants who get the free legal help but also the court because it will receive briefs and hear arguments from attorneys.

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