I-CAN! was created by the Legal Aid Society of Southern California and adapted for use in Virginia by the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia through a VSTOP grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
The I-CAN! system creates properly formatted petitions and educates users on court practices and the steps needed to pursue their matter. I-CAN! asks the user a series of questions and uses the responses to properly complete a petition for a Family Abuse Protection Order that can be brought to the Loudoun Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Services for filing. The system can be used anywhere a person has access to the Internet, for example, at home, at a local library, in a domestic violence shelter, or at an attorney's office.
Loudoun's Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and the Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) convened a work group of local agencies and organizations who were trained on the use of the system and reviewed Loudoun County's Court practices and policies. The group developed information for citizens to assist them in using the court such as:
How to find the court
What to expect in court
What time the court reviews petitions for protection orders