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Assembly Bill 590 Boosts Legislative Strategies for Expanding Access to Civil Counsel

By Kevin G. Baker & Julia R. Wilson

A right to counsel for low-income people in civil cases is the focus of increased attention. Most advocacy for such a right has been in the arena of litigation, but California advocates, with the support of judicial leaders including the state’s chief justice, successfully pursued a legislative strategy. Funded by certain court fees, a pilot project will provide counsel to low-income people in certain kinds of cases in limited areas of the state.Copies of this article are

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