Going To Court Without A Lawyer Was Always Hard. The Pandemic Has Made It Much Harder.

Going To Court Without A Lawyer Was Always Hard. The Pandemic Has Made It Much Harder.

Zoe Tillman
 | 

An Excerpt from Going To Court Without A Lawyer Was Always Hard. The Pandemic Has Made It Much Harder.

On Buzzfeed May 15, 2020 by Zoe Tillman 

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/coronavirus-courts-closed-civil-court-legal-help

 


The majority of people who go to court to deal with a child support dispute, to fight an eviction, or to get a restraining order against an abuser are doing it on their own. People who end up in court in civil cases do not have a constitutionally protected right to a lawyer like they do in criminal cases. At least one party in a civil lawsuit doesn’t have a lawyer in three-quarters of cases, according to a 2015 report by the National Center for State Courts, and the numbers are higher in cases more likely to involve litigants with lower incomes.
 

The shift to remote operations is in some ways deepening a justice gap that legal aid lawyers and judges say they could barely manage before. With courthouses closed or operating on a skeletal basis to limit the spread of the coronavirus, self-represented litigants can no longer rely on the in-person help available at courthouses, such as resource centers staffed by court employees and legal aid lawyers.

 

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.

 
Zoe Tillman

Find My Lawyer

Start by selecting your legal need:
Business / Employment

Business / Employment

Family / Personal / Injury / Immigration

Family / Personal / Injury / Immigration

Criminal Defense / Civil Rights

Criminal Defense / Civil Rights

Real Estate / Housing

Real Estate / Housing

Estate Planning / Power of Attorney

Estate Planning / Power of Attorney

Review & Rating Images LawChamps
LawChamps Reviews

"I was able to find just the right lawyer for my case. It was easy to use."

Lucy Coutinho

Client

Review & Rating Images LawChamps
LawChamps Reviews

"Very easy for me to get connected with an experienced attorney."

Robert Knox Jr

Client

Review & Rating Images LawChamps
LawChamps Reviews

"It was super easy. It was super fast and I got connected pretty quickly."

Lenasia Smalls

Client

Client Testimonial - Triso Valls
LawChamps Reviews

"It’s easy to register and match with a lawyer according to your legal [need]."

Triso Valls

Client

Ready To Get Started?

Find Your Lawyer NowLawChamps Arrow Icon

Related Posts

My Employer Is Requiring Me to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine t...

Michelle Patrick | 17 June, 2021

The country has started to re-open. COVID-19 vaccines are available for adults in all age groups and have become relatively easy to get. Employers are starting to require...

Read More Arrow Icon

What Are Your Legal Responsibilities When it Comes to P...

Scott Dylan Westerlund | 14 June, 2021

A whopping 8 out of 10 employees say that the coronavirus pandemic will likely force companies to be more responsible. One reason why is because those companies had to ma...

Read More Arrow Icon

How to Handle Back-to-Work Without Back-to-School

Scott Dylan Westerlund | 08 June, 2021

Before the pandemic hit, only about 17% of Americans were working from home. Once Covid-19 came on the scene, everything changed. That statistic shot up to a whopping 44%...

Read More Arrow Icon

Related Posts

Hire One, Help Another

LawChamps donates a portion of our revenue, investing it back into funding justice reform organizations and subsidizing the legal fees for those who cannot afford them.
Learn More