Quote from article: "80% of need unmet
Last year, LANC was able to serve over 25,000 families. This year, Hausen fears, the number will drop significantly. And even at 2014 levels, the N.C. Equal Justice Commission reports that over 80 percent of the legal need of the poor and near poor was unmet. The commission’s Mary Irvine is frank to say: “Access to justice in North Carolina has reached a crisis point.” Thousands of children, victims of domestic violence, seniors and veterans go without the legal services required to meet their basic human needs. Huge numbers lose their homes, their jobs, their benefits, their health care and their ability to get protective orders simply because they can’t get counsel.
For perspective, it is important to note the United States already treats its low-income litigants worse than any other advanced nation. The World Justice Project’s Rule of Law study, reviewing adjudicatory systems across the globe, has typically given the U.S. an “F” in access to civil justice, placing us last among the 20 wealthiest democracies. The authors explained that, “Socio-economic status matters far more (here) than in other countries.” The impoverished experience greater disadvantage. North Carolina legislators apparently decided last place wasn’t bad enough. We needed to do more to step on the necks of the poor."
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