Articles Regarding Non-Wealthy Persons Ability to Access Justice in the United States

Articles Regarding Non-Wealthy Persons Ability to Access Justice in the United States

Latest article: ABA Law Journal, “86 percent of low-income Americans’ civil legal issues get inadequate or no legal help, study says” (June 14, 2017)

Source Document: Legal Services Corporation, The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans (June 2017), Measuring the Access-to-Justice Gap: Nearly 70% of All Civil Defendants Aren’t Represented (2016)

Measuring the Access-to-Justice Gap: Nearly 70% of All Civil Defendants Aren’t Represented



ABA Journal, Can the access-to-justice gap be closed? These recommendations might make it possible (2016)



Washington State  2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update



Center for American Progress, The Justice Gap: Civil Legal Assistance Today and Tomorrow  (2011)



Legal services Corporation: Documenting the Justice Gap In America The Current Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans (2009)



Gillian K. Hadfield, Higher Demand, Lower Supply? A Comparative Assessment of the Legal Resource Landscape for Ordinary Americans, 37 Fordham Urb. L.J. 129 (2009).



Washington State  2003 Civil Legal Needs Study Update



The 2003 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study: Executive Summary


Owen, Boycott, the guardian (U.S. edition) “Appeal court judge ‘horrified’ at number of litigants without lawyers” (November 23, 2014)

“83% of lawyers believe justice is no longer accessible to all. … As many as two-thirds of cases working their way through the family courts now involve at least one side who has no lawyer to provide help, according to the family law organisation Resolution. … 87% believed that wealth is a more important factor in access to justice than it previously was and 79% said increases in court fees were making it harder for people to bring cases. As many as 69% of the lawyers questioned said they would not recommend the legal profession as a career.”

Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic “How Americans Lost the Right to Counsel, 50 Years After ‘Gideon’: You have a right to an attorney in a criminal case, even if you cannot afford one. The Supreme Court said so half a century ago. But today that precious right is systematically ignored or undermined.” (March 13, 2013) 



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