As the economy looks headed into a downturn, families will have to navigate the inevitable financial and other bumps in their lives. Those bumps often turn into justice problems, and people who are aren’t wealthy will be forced to navigate the legal system alone.
Until recently, California was moving forward with an important initiative that might help with this access-to-justice challenge: creation of a regulatory “sandbox” that could promote innovative legal services and increase access to justice. But a few weeks ago, the state’s Judiciary committees approved a bill that would halt this effort. We hope Judiciary Chairs Mark Stone and Tom Umberg reconsider and amend this bill before it goes to the full legislature next month.