Updated: May 30
“Everyone, regardless of income or background, should have the ability to use the courts for redress. It is difficult for those who cannot afford an attorney to navigate a system where the law presumes you have the knowledge and skills of an attorney when you represent yourself.
The criminal law provides access through court-appointed attorneys and victims’ rights statutes. For civil cases, we have great programs like Counsel in the Court, District 10 Pro Bono, and others that do a commendable job with this.
We need to continue to support these types of programs and develop a pro se litigant’s center to make it easier for those who cannot afford to pay for legal assistance to present their case.”
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