The Access To Justice Department with the Utah State Bar is tasked with meeting the civil needs of lower income individuals who can’t afford an attorney. In criminal law there is the right to counsel with public defenders if you qualify based on your income. In civil cases (eviction, debt collection, divorce, custody) there isn’t a right to counsel. Someone involved in these civil cases sometimes receives counsel or help from volunteers or attorneys willing to work pro bono, or non-profit organizations.
Brooke Robinson, program manager at Timpanogos Legal Center, is an example of those willing to counsel people in civil trails that can’t afford an attorney at no cost. The legal center helps clients that are representing themselves that can’t afford an attorney. There are a number of programs to help these individuals.
Document Drafting Clinic
Drafting documents that an attorney can prepare, then give to the client to file with the courthouse. themselves.
A free hotline where people can get legal advice and screen for help on their cases to provide resources.
Tuesday Night Free Legal Clinic (Utah County)
At the Health & Justice Building in Provo you can attend a free legal advice clinic.
Domestic Violence Shelter
Another program that goes to domestic violence shelters to offer free legal advice to those victims.
Attorney to Self Representing Clients
Currently running in the 4th district happening quarterly that will soon expand into other districts and take place more often.
Access To Justice Summit
At The Utah Law & Justice Center, The Utah State Bar and The Utah Bar Foundation are bringing together legal services to see how they can benefit or meet the needs of the lower income population. The meeting happens today Oct 23, 2018 for professionals.
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