By: NPC Research. Published by: Judicial Council of California. Published in: July 2017
The executive summary reads: “The Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act (AB590)1 established pilot projects to provide legal representation for self-represented low-income parties in civil matters involving critical livelihood issues such as housing, child custody, domestic violence, guardianship, and conservatorship. Ten pilot projects, in seven counties, were selected by the Judicial Council of California and funded in fall of 2011. Six pilot projects focused on housing cases, three projects focused on child custody cases, and one project focused on guardianship and conservatorship (probate) cases.
All ten projects involve one or more legal services agencies working in collaboration with their local superior courts. The purpose of the pilot projects is to improve court access, increase court efficiency, and improve the quality of justice. Shriver services were intended for individuals with an income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and facing an opposing party with legal representation.”