In 1974, the United States Congress declared that:
(1) there is a need to provide equal access to the system of justice in our Nation for individuals who seek redress of grievances;
(2) there is a need to provide high quality legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford adequate legal counsel and to continue the present vital legal services program;
(3) providing legal assistance to those who face an economic barrier to adequate legal counsel will serve best the ends of justice and assist in improving opportunities for low-income persons consistent with the purposes of this Act.”
Excerpt from the Legal Services Corporation Act Public Law 93-355, July 25, 1974
UCOA Policy Position: UCOA envisions that all Utahns have affordable and informed access to legal services and resources for all older adults to assure their independence, financial security, and rights are protected. UCOA supports public policies that provide no cost or low cost legal services and resources to older adults with economic and social challenges.
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