Number of Texans who need to go to court but can’t find low cost civil legal aid each year: more than 4 million

According to an article in the Texas Observer, “Out of 5.7 million Texans who need to go to court but can’t afford it, the [Texas Access to Justice Foundation] estimated that only 20 to 25 percent are being served. One legal aid lawyer is available for every 11,500 Texans who qualify.”  The Texas legislature is … Continue reading

Name of 1st International Legal Document on Indigent Defense: UN Principles & Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems

According to the blog of the Justice Department’s Access to Justice Initiative: “The UN General Assembly formally adopted the Principles & Guidelines in December 2012, making it the first international legal document on indigent defense. The Principles & Guidelines emerged through the efforts of non-governmental organizations and member states over several years, and the Department … Continue reading

Amount a key source of funding for civil legal aid in MA fell since 2008: 78%; Increase in families eligible for civil legal aid during that period: 13%

According to, “Hundreds of lawyers, judges and advocates packed the State House on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to match Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to fund legal aid by $15.5 million in the 2014 state budget.  Advocates say income from a key legal aid funding source, the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, has dropped by 78% … Continue reading

Amount DWI case processing sped up after Guam’s courts hired a full-time Chuukese interpreter: From 2 years to 90 days

According to the Pacific Daily News, driving while intoxicated cases used to take between 2 and 2 ½ years for Guam’s courts to process.  After the court hired Merly Karsom as a full time Chuukese interpreter, the average time from beginning to end of a driving while intoxicated (DWI) case fell to 90 days.  A … Continue reading

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