Why Texas’ poor should blow kisses at all-Republican, all-conservative Texas Supreme Court

The Texas Supreme court ruled that poor people who show they’re broke can still use the courts.
Column (Texas)

Dave Lieber
Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2016

Tags: Access to Justice, Courts, Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, Texas Access to Justice Commission (TATJ)


When I share that comment with Trish McAllister, head of the Texas Access to Justice Commission and a key person in this saga, she is surprised.

“What? This has nothing to do with politics. For him to raise the issue of liberal or conservative has nothing to do with the rule of law. He needs to look at history. This country was founded on the notion that everybody should be able to get into court regardless of your ability to pay.

“There’s a recognition that abuse of power comes into play when people can’t access the court system.”