THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROGRAM PROMOTES FAIRNESS AND EFFICIENCY IN OUR STATE'S CRIMINAL AND CIVIL COURTS.
Louisiana Appleseed’s Access to Justice Program promotes fairness in our state’s criminal and civil courts. Both criminal and civil attorneys are generally available to represent individuals who cannot afford an attorney. Yet, both funding streams for these integral services are constantly in jeopardy due to cutbacks and overall reductions in available funding. Additionally, the ability of individuals who represent themselves or do not speak English are doubly at risk of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous actors. Not every solution should require an attorney; some problems could be easily resolved when people represent themselves. Complex procedures require technical assistance and language access becomes a barrier to justice in our courts. Louisiana Appleseed’s projects in this area of programming focus on ensuring fairness and equity in all aspects of the criminal and civil justice systems.
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation, Access to Justice Commission, Access to Justice Committee, Catholic Charities, Hispanic Lawyers Association, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Louisiana Language Access Coalition, Prevention Task Force Members, Pro Bono Project, Family Justice Center, Justice & Accountability Center, Orleans Public Defenders, Southern Poverty Law Center, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS' FUNDING CRISIS
“We need to start making investments in our public defense or find fewer ways for for people to require public defense.”