October 8, 2019
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Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help
Organizations mentioned/involved: Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
The result is a civil court system that tips the scales of justice towards wealth and privilege. In that system, landlords evict law-abiding tenants, debt collectors exploit consumers, and the government unfairly denies benefits to young veterans – not because of the merits of cases but because one side has the money to hire a lawyer and one does not.
Even if we can’t provide everyone with a lawyer who needs one, there are new tools that, thanks to technology and widespread access to the Internet, can give court users a fairer shot at arguing and winning their cases.
A new report from the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice shows how Massachusetts can take a big step towards a more level playing field in court for everyone by establishing a comprehensive self-help website for those representing themselves in civil court.