California Starts The Civil Gideon Revolution
I wish I had the time to blog substantively about this today. Since I don’t, I just want to point out what a game-changer this is, and congratulate Governor Schwarzenegger for signing this bill into law.
California is embarking on an unprecedented civil court experiment to pay for attorneys to represent poor litigants who find themselves battling powerful adversaries in vital matters affecting their livelihoods and families.
The program is the first in the nation to recognize a right to representation in key civil cases and provide it for people fighting eviction, loss of child custody, domestic abuse or neglect of the elderly or disabled.
Source: California gives the poor a new legal right -- latimes.com