Read our civil legal assistance social issue report, which includes: an overview of the social issue, an investment recommendation, information on the return on investment, and ways to take further action.
Equality before the law is a constitutional right, and includes access to a lawyer in most criminal cases. Yet despite the ubiquity of civil legal needs, many do not have equal access to the civil justice system. Providing civil legal assistance to those who cannot afford it requires an increased attention to early intervention and integration of the private and nonprofit sectors.
Civil legal assistance describes the services and interventions that ensure equality before the law for at-risk individuals. Such services can improve individuals’ awareness of their rights and help ensure their basic needs are met. These include safe housing, protection from abusive relationships, assistance in child custody disputes, and relief from financial exploitation.