Gazette opinion: Access to justice in Montana

That lack of service affects not only poor Montanans, but everyone who needs to use our state court system.
Editorial (Montana)

Billings Gazette
January 4, 2017

Tags: Access to Justice, Access to Justice Commissions

Organizations mentioned/involved: Montana Access to Justice Commission (MATJC), Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA)


The commission’s recommendation to bolster civil legal services will be presented to the 2017 Legislature as House Bill 46, sponsored by commission members Rep. Kim Dudik, D-Missoula, and Sen. Nels Swandal, R-Wilsall, a former district judge. The bill proposes to increase certain District Court filing fees. The additional revenue would be used to fund civil legal services for Montanans whose income is less than 125 percent of poverty level. The Department of Revenue estimates the legislation would raise about $900,000 annually.