Under Trump’s Budget, It May Be Harder To Get Legal Help When You Can’t Afford A Lawyer

What could that mean for individuals and communities in northeast Ohio?

Audio, News Story (Ohio)

Tim Rudell
WKSU (Kent, OH)
March 22, 2017
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Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation (OLAF)


DETAILS

The president’s proposed cuts would affect only legal aid to handle civil cases, not public defenders. Court-appointed lawyers for defendants who can’t afford them in criminal cases is constitutionally guaranteed.

But, for civil issues–foreclosures, domestic cases, landlord disputes–people who can’t pay for legal assistance themselves may not be able get it. Angie Lloyd of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation explains what a total cut at the national level would do.