Did you know? Whereas the Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to legal counsel to most criminal defendants, there is almost no civil right to counsel in the United States.
A large percentage of the population in North Carolina cannot afford the services of a private attorney. Each year, thousands of North Carolinians must navigate complex civil legal issues such as foreclosure and child custody without the benefit of representation. Visit nclegalneeds.org to read the Executive Summary of the first assessment of civil legal needs in NC completed since 2003. The North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission and the Equal Justice Alliance coordinated this effort.