Indianapolis Business Journal
May 20, 2017
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Tags: Funding: Federal
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Indiana Legal Services (ILS)
On “Law and Order,” when the police arrest someone and tell him he has the right to an attorney—that applies only in criminal cases. There is no right to a lawyer in civil cases. However, people with critical civil legal problems—domestic violence, child custody, eviction, illegal debt collection, losing medical coverage—need legal help. Civil legal aid provides free lawyers to those unable to afford access to the justice system.
The Legal Services Corp. provides much of the funding for these low-income civil legal services. While the federal budget hasn’t yet been determined beyond September, it is unlikely this important funding program will be scrapped, in part because of the value it provides the business community.