Unable to afford representation, more Americans are going to court alone, and they're losing. An opinion piece by Voices for Civil Justice Executive Director Martha Bergmark.
June 2, 2015
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Tags: Access to Justice, Benefits of Legal Aid, Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic, Delivery Systems, Law Schools, Pro Se/Self-Help
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)
Unable to afford representation, more Americans are going to court alone, and they’re losing. In well over two thirds of critical cases in America’s civil courts, people appear without a lawyer, even though the stakes are often just as high as in criminal proceedings.
Many people suffer crushing losses in court not because they’ve done something wrong, but simply because they don’t have legal help.