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Our Vision: "Justice for All Low-Income People in Washington"


Welcome to the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program.  Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.   Read more »

Supreme Court: Don’t Jail Disabled for Legal Financial Obligations!

News Coverage:

In a victory for indigent disabled people throughout the state, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that federal law prohibits courts from ordering defendants to pay court imposed Legal Financial Obligations if the person’s only source of income is social security disability benefits. The court added: “…A person's present inability to meet their own basic needs is not only relevant, but crucial to determining whether paying LFOs would create a manifest hardship.” City of Richland v. Wakefield.

Northwest Justice Project attorneys Karla Camac Carlisle and Jefferson Coulter represented Ms. Wakefield, a struggling disabled indigent mother of four on SSI, at every stage of the case seeking “remission” of LFOs imposed on her by the Cities of Richland and Kennewick.

The problem of LFOs imposed on indigent communities to fund courts and municipal services has recently garnered significant national attention, as well as here in Washington. The Supreme Court received briefs from the Washington State Attorney General, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Columbia Legal Services, and the Center for Justice at Gonzaga School of Law as Amicus Curiae.

NJP Referrals to AGO Lead to Used Car Dealer Agreeing to Pay $250,000 For Discrimination!

EN ESPAÑOL - El Procurador General Ferguson anuncia que un concesionario de autos usados pagará $250,000 por discriminación y reclamos de protección al consumidor 

NJP CLEAR and King County Debt Clinic advocates contacted the WA Attorney General’s Office Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit after seeing a pattern of egregious abuse in used car sales involving primarily Spanish speaking clients statewide. Abuse of low-income individuals in used car sales is widespread and has serious consequences for the car buyer seeking affordable and reliable transportation for work, and also creates dangerous situations for the clients, their families, and the driving public when cars malfunction on the road. Read more »

2015 Civil Legal Needs Study Update & Press Coverage of Justice Gap

The recently released 2015 Washington State Civil Legal Needs Study Update reveals a sharp increase in the average number of civil legal problems facing low-income people - from 3 to more than 9 per year – since the original 2003 Supreme Court study.  The statewide survey of more than 1,600 households also shows that less than one quarter of those experiencing these problems receive any help, this as the number of Washington's poorest residents eligible for civil legal aid has risen to 1.25 million, a 40% increase since 2003. Communities of color - and especially children of color - suffer disproportionately  Read more »

Free Legal Assistance for Persons Affected by Wildfire Disasters!

If as a result of the wildfires you are having problems such as landlord/tenant, unemployment benefits, mortgage difficulties,

Plain Talk About Foreclosure / Una Plática Franca Sobre la Ejecución Hipotecaria

The Northwest Justice Project, in partnership with the City of Seattle Office of Housing and Seattle University School of Law, presents a short educational video on the foreclosure process, entitled “Plain Talk about Foreclosure.” Read more » Launches!

NJP's Veterans Project has launched an interactive legal information resource for Washington veterans and advocates working to assist veterans: Read more »

Washington State Foreclosure Mapping Report

The Washington State Foreclosure Mapping Report identifies, for the period 2008-2013, the Washington zip codes most significantly affected by mortgage foreclosures.  Read more »

Equal Opportunity, Access & Diversity

Consistent with NJP’s commitment to combat injustice by improving access to our civil justice system, all NJP facilities are accessible, and NJP provides language and sign interpreters for persons needing assistance to access our services. Read more »

Email Notice | Warning!

WARNING! Please do not send requests for legal assistance via email. Unsolicited e-mail is not confidential. If you send e-mail to us that we have not asked you to send, you may be sending information that may be disclosed to others. If you are concerned about confidentiality, do not send confidential information in an email message. No attorney-client relationship is created or assumed to exist between Northwest Justice Project and persons who seek legal help through email. Any information sent to NJP through email is not confidential or subject to the attorney-client privilege unless or until NJP agrees to provide you legal assistance.