Assessment of Civil Legal Needs in North Carolina
The North Carolina Equal Justice Alliance is a community of civil legal aid providers serving low-income and underrepresented constituencies. Many Alliance members also promote policy initiatives to improve the lives of those who face systemic barriers or are impacted by poverty. The mission of the Equal Justice Alliance is to provide central coordination of a sustained, comprehensive, integrated, statewide system to provide the most effective legal services to people in poverty in North Carolina.
In 2020, in partnership with UNC Greensboro’s Center for Housing and Community Studies, the NC Equal Access to Justice Commission (EATJC) and the Equal Justice Alliance (EJA) completed the first comprehensive civil legal needs assessment in nearly two decades. The study provides an overview of the scope of civil legal needs in North Carolina, as well as the factors affecting the depth and type of civil legal problems people experience.