"Report: Insufficient funding for legal aid"

The Annapolis Capital reported Monday on the financial crisis facing legal services, “Report: Insufficient funding for legal aid.” “A report released last month by the Maryland Access to Justice Commission found the Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts program, which historically provided about half of the state’s funding for legal aid, is generating about 70 percent less revenue than it did two years ago,” the article said.

The report also noted that Marylanders don’t have a right to legal help in civil cases and recommended that the state should embrace a right to counsel. “”It is a right in a lot of other developed countries, but not in the U.S.,” communications director Joe Surkiewicz said.