Access to Justice

A new form available through the Wisconsin Court System website makes it less burdensome for indigent individuals to obtain a waiver of court fees and costs by allowing their pro bono, legal aid, or public defender attorneys to submit a petition requesting the fee waiver.

Indigent individuals can still submit petitions for waivers if they cannot pay court filing and/or service fees. They must complete the form, have it notarized, and file it with the court, or have their
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Earlier this month, Bloomberg Law announced that it is offering free access to all legal aid organizations supported by the Legal Services Corporation.  See Dewey B Strategic for more on this partnership.  In Wisconsin, LSC supports Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. and Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.  See the map of other LSC supported organizations.

Yesterday, Bloomberg Law also announced that it was also offering 90 days of complimentary access to lawyers who take pro bono cases through the
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The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors met virtually for its December meeting.

Dec. 4, 2020 – The State Bar of Wisconsin’s Board of Governors today voted to support efforts to expand internet broadband access to ensure citizens in rural parts of the state have access to online legal tools, as well as access to attorneys who can help them.

The board, meeting virtually, unanimously adopted the broadband policy position to support funding for broadband statewide to ensure
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Legal Tune Up Wisconsin from LIFT Dane is a new app that uses publicly available data (driver’s license, criminal, eviction, court, and child support records) to help people identify and address legal issues on their own.

From LawSites:
In its initial launch, the app enables users to see if they have past eviction or criminal records on Wisconsin’s online public records database that are eligible for removal.  If so, the app automates creation and filing of the appropriate
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