NJP’s Board of Director’s adopts overall general case service priorities for the program. Priorities will vary among NJP field offices and among the specialized units/programs depending on specific funding, location or other office staffing considerations. Even if a case meets a service priority, due to limited resources, NJP may not be able to provide representation on the matter.
In general, priority cases involve complex legal problems or issues that generally will not be handled by private attorneys such as:
- disputed custody cases involving domestic violence or children at risk of harm
- subsidized or public housing evictions and fair housing or discrimination
- home mortgage foreclosure or lending abuses
- access to government subsistence benefits such as TANF, SSI, veteran’s benefits and other income assistance programs
- access to medical care or benefits such as Medicaid, Basic Health, Medicare Part D, home health or other similar benefits
- education rights such as special education, other discrimination, transitional language assistance, or disciplinary proceedings
- employment issues related to lost wages, discrimination or workplace health and safety conditions
- consumer issues related to debt collection abuse, medical debt, fraud, predatory lending or other similar issues
- access to courts and general civil rights, race equity or other systemic discrimination that impairs access to needed benefits and services.
NJP will also accept cases involving other issues, such as transportation, discrimination in public accommodations or matters that otherwise address systemic problems experienced by low-income individuals or communities. NJP operates with very limited resources and must select among priority requests for assistance based on specific case circumstances, facts, and strength of cases, and may not legally pursue cases that lack legal or factual merit. NJP is unable to accept cases in which a private attorney could obtain a fee such as a personal injury claim.