Tag: legal aid

Clients are up, funding is down for free legal aid

As the economy has slowed, the demand for free civil legal services has risen, but funding for those services has not increased. “The situation is dire,” said Sharon Goldsmith, executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. “The programs are feeling stretched beyond their limits. The funding is not there.”

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Legal aid to poor Marylanders would cost $106 million, court study says

It could cost up to $106 million to provide poor Marylanders with the legal help and representation they need for civil cases, according to a new study by the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. The commission looked at how the state might establish a program where everyone would have an “equal right to justice” in civil courts and estimates how much that would cost.

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