In most democratic countries & systems, the right and access to justice plays a big part. If a citizen is restricted from access to lawyers, the existence of courts and the need for law becomes pointless. At the most basic form, access to attorneys and law clinics which can provide legal advice to those who cannot afford it becomes essential. The system and infrastructure of affordable and/or free legal aid to financially constrained individuals ensures legal equality. It opens up opportunity for the entire system and the society around it to function as a true democracy and remove discrimination and bias based on social and/or economic background. Many times these services are enabled by young law students or new attorneys who are enthusiastic about serving the greater good and purpose of the law.
The technological revolution ushered in a major growth of legal information along with reformist principles. The spread of legal information was perpetuated by experts of the law who felt that it should be distributed to everyone regardless of their status.
What is legal aid?
At its core, legal aid can be thought of as subsidized or free legal advice provided to those in need. Typically legal aid cases are free or charge or heavily subsidized. Most courts in democratic systems provide access to legal aid as needed and necessary to hold true to the words of democracy. The most common cases for legal aid are in civil matters and family law areas as they those areas have potential for challenges where disputes may arise. Other services that legal aid clinics offer are:
- Divorce Law
- Child care Law
- Adoption Law
- Mental health Law
- Breach of contract Law
- Defamation lawsuit
Please search for legal advice in your local area and seek legal aid when needed. Don’t ever feel like you cannot afford legal aid if you are in a democratic system .