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Low income tenants with access to legal representation can avoid eviction and hold abusive landlords accountable.
Many people need legal help to divorce on equitable terms, to get protection from abusive spouses- or to keep their families together.
Debt collectors file millions of lawsuits every year- many of them pitting seasoned attorneys against ordinary people who struggle to get a fair hearing in court.

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The Justice Index is a snapshot of how well each state does in securing access to justice for some of our most vulnerable populations. View our detailed maps, data and state-by-state rankings.

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Government imposes fines as punishment for everything from traffic and municipal code violations to felonies, and charges people fees on top of the fines as a means of financing such core functions as law enforcement, the court system, and other government operations. Routinely ordered without regard to a person’s ability to pay, the fines and fees for even a single incident can add up to thousands of dollars. People who can afford to pay can quickly close the case and move on with their lives. People unable to pay the sums, however, may face a wide range of ongoing harms, including more fees, civil judgments, driver’s license suspensions, revocation of voting rights, and even incarceration.  It shouldn’t be this way. 
On February 9th, 2024, more than 500 peopled gathered or tuned in via stream to the AtJ Solutions Symposium. The sessions were videotaped that day. If you'd like to re-see what you saw, or see the sessions for the first time, you can do so at the links, below. Take a look, consider the progress of the access to justice movement, and join in the work to increase access to justice in America.
Update: View the Webinar (link below) from March 14, 2024, when NCAJ joined the Center for Public Health Law Research of Temple University Beasley School of Law and the National Consumer Law Center for NCLC's national webinar introducing these organizations' three new tools for increasing fairness in consumer debt litigation.
The National Center for Access to Justice (NCAJ) at Fordham Law School today announced the release of the Consumer Debt Litigation Index, an on-line resource that demonstrates that every U.S. state and the District of Columbia lack essential legal standards to protect consumers from wrongful, abusive debt collection tactics that can lead to homelessness, family breakup, overwhelming stress and other devastating consequences for families and individuals. There are signs of progress and many states are trying to improve, but every state has a long way to go.
Please join us for the AtJ Solutions Symposium. NCAJ and its partner organizations at Fordham Law will bring experts and scholars together in discussion of the access to justice movement’s leading edge: policy solutions.
Fines & Fees in NY. It's Not Just Ferguson.
Join us on December 5th at 6:30 pm as NCAJ's Legal & Policy Director Lauren Jones leads this panel of NYC leaders in this timely and critical conversation. . .
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