News Story (Oregon)
Salem Reporter (Oregon)
March 12, 2019
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Tags: Access to Justice, Funding: State & Local
Organizations mentioned/involved: Oregon Access to Justice Coalition (OAJC)
Many low-income Oregonians who need legal help can’t get it and they pay a price, a new study found.
Such defendants are bombarded with legal issues. When they do have to appear in court, they often don’t understand the system or their rights and are forced try to represent themselves, according to a study by Oregon’s Access to Justice Coalition released earlier this month.
It was the first major study of the state of the legal aid system in 18 years, and the findings were troubling for Bill Penn of the Oregon Law Foundation, who helped put the report together.
[…] The report comes as legislators consider a proposal for better funding for the state’s legal aid system.