The Civil Justice Research
Initiative explores, through interdisciplinary, academically-based
and independent research, how the civil justice system can be made
more available to everyone seeking relief.

94

Rank of the united States among 113 countries in “accessibility and affordability of civil justice.”

100Million+

Number of people in the United States living with civil justice problems, many involving basic human needs like housing, health care and custody of their children.

86

The percent of the civil legal problems reported by low income Americans for which they received inadequate or no legal help.

CIVIL JUSTICE NEWS

Federal Court Records Users Could See $100 Million in Refunds

A proposed settlement would end class action litigation over overcharging for court files. Read the news here. 

EVENTS

SECTION 1983 AND POLICE USE OF FORCE: BUILDING A CIVIL JUSTICE FRAMEWORK

Conversations regarding police use of force have been persistent over the past several years as social movements following repeated police killings have demanded change and accounting. Section 1983 is the most often used mechanism to pursue civil suits against police officers for using excessive force that violates constitutional rights. This symposium will explore the importance of bringing a civil justice perspective to Section 1983 use of force litigation. More information about the program will be posted soon.

Friday, April 14, 2023

CIVIL JUSTICE RESEARCH

Medical Legal Partnerships in Asylum Cases

The Civil Justice Research Initiative recently published a report Medical Legal Partnerships in Asylum Cases, authored by Anjali Niyogi, Hiroko Kusuda and Serena Chaudhry.  Read the paper here.