“It’s somewhat amorphous to say, ‘Go study access to justice,’ but we’re coming off of four years where no one would even think to utter those words,” said Jonathan Rapping, founder of Gideon’s Promise, a nonprofit public defender organization.
The order also reestablishes the DOJ Office for Access to Justice, which was eliminated by the Trump administration, and revives the White House’s Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable after four years of dormancy.
The Biden administration has touted the order as a way to “reinvigorate the federal government’s role in advancing access to justice.”
“Timely and affordable access to the legal system can make all the difference in a person’s life—including by keeping an individual out of poverty, keeping an individual in his or her home, helping an unaccompanied child seek asylum, helping someone fight a consumer scam, or ensuring that an individual charged with a crime can mount a strong defense and receive a fair trial,” the White House said in a statement.
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