Study: State courts overrun by debt collectors

News Story (Maryland, NATIONAL)

Elaine Silvestrini
The Legal Examiner
July 21, 2020
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Tags: debt, Debt Collection

Organizations mentioned/involved: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), Pew Charitable Trusts – Civil Legal System Modernization project


The stakes are incredibly high for people who may have fallen behind in debt and don’t know their legal rights. They can find their wages garnished and their bank accounts and other belongings seized. Sometimes, they may even wind up behind bars. This article provides very good coverage of the new study released by Pew’s Civil Legal System Modernization project, “How Debt Collectors Are Transforming the Business of State Courts, including a powerful example of the difference that having a lawyer can make in debt cases.