Trick or Treat – Here’s a little fun for you on Halloween. Enjoy!
SORRY FOLKS – I guess this is what happens when you’re using an online tool and it appears to be malfunctioning in the other online product. I was trying to embed a fun, lighthearted poll for you. If we get back online soon I’ll add, otherwise simply enjoy the pumpkins. -RFW
Why should people care about Access to Jusice? Because it affects our freedom. When we deny any person the right to their “day in court” we turn our back on principles of the founding fathers. I recently reviewed “The Mayflower Compact (1620)” – or the text presented in the writings of Pilgrim William Bradford.
The words that especially spoke to me were
. . . enact, constitute and frame such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the Colony . . .
Although concepts of equal including women and minorities were not de rigueur 388 years ago, the modern United States concept of equality has broadened to encompass all. Today, there are laws prohibiting discrimination based on religion, disability, gender, race, ethnicity, age, and national origin.
Well then, you may ask, why all the fuss about access to justice? And I say, because the one piece that’s missing from this list is income.
Income or lack thereof is currently prohibiting hundreds of thousands of people from accessing the civil justice system.
In South Carolina, lack of moneys bars people from resources for:
communication – telephone, computer, cellphone, newspapers, magazines.
transportation – gas prices, insurance, a working automobile, no public transportation.
These are just a few of the ways in which lack of finances affects individuals living in poverty. Many states, including South Carolina, are working to improve access to the civil justice system for all. JUSTICE FOR ALL. Period.
If you want to learn more about the efforts of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission, please join us at the South Carolina Supreme Court next Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. Real South Carolinians will speak out about the barriers they or their clients have faced.