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NCJ Number: 249776 Find in a Library
Title: White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable: Civil Legal Aid Research Workshop Report
Author(s): Maha Jweied; Allie Yang-Green
Date Published: February 2016
Page Count: 62
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
Office for Access to Justice (ATJ)
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Conference Material; Legislation/Policy Analysis; Program/Project Description; Report (Study/Research); Technical Assistance
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the discussions of a group of experts who assembled for a 2-day workshop in May 2015 to discuss a research agenda and Federal priorities for civil legal aid.
Abstract: The workshop was the result of a collaboration among the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice, the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The stated purpose of the workshop was to “engage in and encourage research and development to improve and strengthen the criminal justice system and related aspects of the civil justice system.“ The workshop achieved three objectives. First, it assisted NIJ in identifying a civil legal and research agenda in anticipation of dedicated funding for this work. NIJ is mandated to “engage in and encourage research and development to improve and strengthen the criminal justice system and related aspects of the civil justice system.” Second, the workshop enabled agencies represented in the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR) to hear from civil legal-aid experts on the effectiveness of civil legal aid at the intersection with public safety, criminal justice, and the need for research and evaluation in this domain. Third, the workshop assisted in stimulating domestic activities in implementing the United Nations call for indicators on access to justice as a development and anti-poverty goal. The workshop participants discussed the following topics: 1) measuring access to justice n the civil context; 2) civil legal aid as a necessary service for the reentry population; 3) human trafficking and civil legal aid; 4) consumer protection and civil legal aid; 5) elder abuse and civil legal aid; and 6) domestic violence and civil legal aid. Appended workshop agenda, list of participants, existing Federal research and capacity, and other supplementary information
Main Term(s): Access to courts
Index Term(s): Civil Justice; Civil litigation; Civil proceedings; Civil remedies; Court research; Legal aid services
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