Unlike criminal cases, the poor aren't guaranteed legal help in civil courts.
Legal aid offices across the country have been stung by the same forces: government cutbacks to such discretionary programs for the needy, and once-steady funding streams have been compromised by minuscule returns on bank deposits, a fact of economic life in the age of historically low interest rates.
Such shortfalls leave the poorest residents without legal help and, as a consequence, they are outgunned by represented parties, including landlords and creditors. Unlike criminal cases, the poor aren't guaranteed legal help in civil courts. Read more