A campaign for wider civil justice

It’s in New Hampshire’s present and long-term economic interest to find a way to make a greater investment in legal aid services says the editorial board at the Concord Monitor.
Editorial (New Hampshire)

Concord Monitor (NH)
August 28, 2015

Tags: Access to Justice, Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: NHLS.org / New Hampshire Legal Services, Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC) (New Hampshire)


Every year, the New Hampshire Campaign for Legal Services seeks out private donations to fund the work of the Legal Advice and Referral Center and New Hampshire Legal Services, two organizations that assist people who need advice or representation in civil cases but lack the means to hire a lawyer.

The work the groups do often means the difference between housing and homelessness, proper health care and rapid deterioration, safety and danger. In the context of domestic violence, the importance of legal representation is dramatically revealed in a statistic included in a report released by the Institute for Policy Integrity last month: “83 percent of victims represented by an attorney successfully obtained a protective order, as compared to just 32 percent of victims without an attorney.”

The stakes couldn’t be clearer: Legal aid can be a matter of life and death.