Panel aims to better civil legal aid to Indiana needy

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A new statewide commission is aimed at improving the availability of civil legal services for low-income Hoosiers.
The Indiana Supreme Court this week created the Indiana Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services. Its 17 members will include judges, law professors, practicing attorneys, existing civil legal services providers, nonprofit groups and representatives from business, finance and labor.
The court wants the panel to develop a five-year plan to improve civil legal services for low-income "or otherwise disadvantaged Indiana residents."
Chief Justice Brent Dickson says the commission was prompted by an initial Supreme Court study that found a need to improve civil legal aid for people unable to easily afford attorneys and recommendations from the Indiana bar.
The commission's first progress report is due June 30.

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