Proposed cuts would reduce legal aid for poor

Cuts to funding for legal services for the poor could force thousands of New Jersey residents to go without representation in civil cases, advocates warn.

News Story (New Jersey)

Shannon Eblen
Courier-Post (NJ)
March 23, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of New Jersey, Legal Services Corporation (LSC), South Jersey Legal Services (Camden, NJ), American Bar Association (ABA)


Legal Services of New Jersey is facing proposed cuts totaling $11.7 million from the recently released state and federal budgets. South Jersey Legal Services would receive a cut of $3.6 million, about a third of its current funding.

President Donald J. Trump’s 2018 budget, released on March 16, called for the elimination of federal funding to the Legal Services Corporation, a nonprofit established under President Richard Nixon to provide legal aid in civil cases for the poor.