November 14, 2015
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Tags: Legal Needs
Organizations mentioned/involved: Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (WAOCLA), Northwest Justice Project (NJP) (WA)
A Washington Supreme Court study published last month found a huge unmet need for civil legal help for low-income people in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
In criminal cases, an accused party is constitutionally guaranteed a lawyer if he or she cannot afford one. That isn’t true for civil legal issues.
The new study – called the 2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Update – makes the case for greater action on this issue by our governor and Legislature.
State Supreme Court Justice Charles Wiggins chaired the update committee. He said it challenges our state to make “liberty and justice” available to all.