New Report Reveals Major Gap in Justice System
A new report from the Legal Services Corporation finds that most low-income Americans are not receiving adequate civil legal resources. The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans details the numerous disparities in access to legal services for low-income Americans. These include lack of assistance in finding legal representation for civil matters and inadequate help to address a range of problems through the court system, such as disability access, veterans’ benefits, health care, and domestic violence. The report, based on a survey of Americans living in poverty, advocates for expanding access to civil legal resources for low-income Americans who are disproportionately likely to experience civil legal problems.