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State Bar & Bar Associations,
Legal Education

Sep. 25, 2020

Access to justice: California can learn from Arizona, Utah

In 2018, 55% of Californians at all income levels experienced at least one civil legal problem in their household, yet nearly 70% of them received no legal assistance. The crisis runs far up the income scale.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our civil justice system was facing a crisis in access to legal services. In 2018 alone, less than half of all U.S. households that had legal issues sought relief in court. And those who did go to court largely did so on their own. On average, 76% of cases in state court have at least one party...

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