Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants

The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID) works on matters relating to legal aid and defender services. The activities of the Committee focus on the following topics: (1) the administration of justice as it affects low income populations; (2) remedial measures intended to help protect the legal rights of low income populations; and (3) the establishment and efficient maintenance of legal aid and defender organizations and cooperation with other interested agencies, whether public or private.

Public Defense

The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID) is working to improve public defense systems nationwide.

Access to Justice Commissions

Access to Justice Commissions are collaborative entities that bring together courts, the bar, civil legal aid providers, and other stakeholders in an effort to remove barriers to civil justice for low-income and disadvantaged people.

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Help Support Legal Aid

Please help support civil legal aid programs in this nation by taking one or more of these three actions.

Civil Right to Counsel

Access state research reports detailing existing authority for appointment of counsel in various types of civil proceedings.

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Language Access

The Standards and extensive commentary provide guidance to courts in designing, implementing, and enforcing a comprehensive system of language access services that is suited to the needs in the communities they serve.

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About Us

The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID) examines issues relating to the delivery of civil legal services to the poor, and criminal defense services to indigent persons accused of crimes.

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Help us improve access to justice by donating to the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid & Indigent Defendants (SCLAID).