Length of a Bail Hearing in North Dakota: 3 minutes

In his January 9, 2013 State of the Judiciary speech, North Dakota Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle said: “I read recently that the average doctor’s appointment is scheduled for 15 minutes. No one can question the value of having enough time to explain things to your doctor and giving the doctor adequate time to make a … Continue reading

Afternoons Iowans Can’t Exercise Their Constitutional Right of Access to the Courts: Tuesday & Thursday

Clerks’ offices are the court system’s front door.  That is where people can file a lawsuit or respond to a case filed against them.  Budget pressures have forced the Iowa courts to close clerks’ offices Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  The result, according to Iowa’s Chief Justice?  “We have all heard stories about domestic violence victims … Continue reading

Is New York’s 50 Hour Pro Bono Service Requirement Changing the Future of Law Student Pro Bono?

In a piece posted on January 12, 2013 in Bloomberg Law, David Udell, executive director of the National Center for Access to Justice, and Liz Tobin-Tyler, outgoing chair of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities, and Director of Public Service and Community Partnerships at Roger Williams University School of Law, describe the … Continue reading

Grade the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty gives the US for access to counsel in housing cases: F

In its 2012 Human Right to Housing Report Card, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty notes that in the US, “no court anywhere as of yet has recognized a right to counsel in housing matters such as evictions and foreclosures,” even though, according to the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty & Human … Continue reading

Some State Courts Expand Court Interpreter Programs to Cover Civil Cases; Justice Department Investigates Others

In the past three years, Colorado, Rhode Island and Utah have begun making interpreters available to limited English proficient (LEP) court users in all types of civil cases. The Justice Department has found the North Carolina judiciary in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act for refusing interpreters to LEP court users in … Continue reading

Total economic impact of the work of Ohio’s civil legal aid programs in 2010: $106 million

This figure comes from the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation’s Strength in Justice report, which was released in December 2012, and is based on research conducted by Community Research Partners. Access to Justice Fact of the Week (Jan. 4, 2013)

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