Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent: Have We Achieved Equal Access to Justice?

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, along with other judges, low-income Pennsylvanians and the lawyers who help them, as well as  community and business leaders, testified at a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee Public Hearing, Civil Legal Representation of the Indigent: Have We Achieved Equal Access to Justice?  that was held on Thursday, May 23 in Philadelphia. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Stewart J. Greenleaf (R-Montgomery, Bucks) chaired the hearing.

A full report on this hearing, including the hearing agenda and written transcripts of the testimony offered at the hearing is available in our story on the hearing. You can view a video of the proceedings at the hearing at this link.

This was the second hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. A prior hearing was held on May 7 in Harrisburg. A full report on that hearing, including a witness list, written transcripts of their testimony and a link to the video of the hearing is available at this link.

A third hearing is also planned for the near future in Pittsburgh.

The Judiciary Committee's careful consideration of the issues related to Access to Justice for low-income individuals, under the leadership of Committee Chairman Greenleaf, is welcome and an important step toward obtaining the goal of equal access to the court for all citizens of Pennsylvania.