Civil Legal Aid Funding in the Time of COVID-19
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The National Meeting of State Access to Justice Commission Chairs will be convening a series of free webinars during 2020 in lieu of an in-person meeting. Please click the link below for more information on these webinars and how you can join!Register Now - Webinars
To mark the 15th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID) together with the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center at SMU Law School, the ABA Criminal Justice Section and the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice present webinars on the impact of crisis on two key components of the criminal justice system: Jails and Prisons, and Public Defense. The programs will consider what happens to people trapped in the criminal justice system during times of extreme systemic stress and whether or not such times of crisis can be catalysts for reform. Please join us for these free (non-CLE) programs.Learn - More
The Indiana Public Defender Commission (“Commission”) separately engaged the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (“ABA SCLAID”) and Crowe LLP (“Crowe”) to collaboratively conduct the Indiana Project, an analysis of public defense workloads, and produce a final reportRead - Report
The ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID) has launched a web page that consolidates resources from across the country to assist the access to justice community in addressing the many challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.Explore - COVID-19 Resources
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Reports, news and more information related to indigent defense and public defender systems.
The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID) is working to improve public defense systems nationwide.
These guidelines provide practical direction for government officials, policymakers and others charged with developing, reforming and administering court fines and fees. The guidelines seek to ensure that fines and fees are fairly imposed and administered and that the justice system does not punish people for the "crime" of being poor.Learn - More
Reports, news and more information related to legal aid and 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.Learn More - ATJ Commissions
Financial resource limitations remain one of the largest barriers preventing civil legal aid providers, even with their pro bono allies, from addressing the needs of low-income client communities. The ABArray Legal Aid Funding Report provides users with online access to SCLAID's national legal aid funding data collection from 2003 to present.Learn More - Legal Aid Funding Data
Access state research reports detailing existing authority for appointment of counsel in various types of civil proceedings.
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.
The Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defense (SCLAID) serves the American Bar Association by examining issues relating to the delivery of civil legal assistance and of criminal defense services to the poor. It maintains close relationships with state and local bar and legal aid/defender leaders, providing information and developing policy on civil legal aid and indigent defense. The Committee also works closely with leaders of the states’ judiciary and national judicial leaders in forging improvements in access to justice. It advocates for and works to ensure the availability of legal aid and defender services for indigent persons through a variety of activities and projects. SCLAID is the ABA’s oldest standing committee; established in 1920 under the leadership of Charles Evans Hughes. The Committee has adopted a strategic plan articulating four goals: (1) secure sufficient resources/funding in each jurisdiction to support quality legal services for persons of limited means; (2) develop and promote standards, policies, best practices and models, to support the delivery of quality legal service to persons of limited means; (3) advocate for effective systems; and (4) educate, so that policy makers, the bench, the bar and the public understand issues and requirements for legal services for persons of limited means.Learn More - About Us