Mo. Court Imposes Lawyers' Fee to Aid the Poor

5 years 9 months 1 week ago Friday, November 08 2013 Nov 8, 2013 Friday, November 08, 2013 2:44:46 PM CST November 08, 2013 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court is imposing a new fee on attorneys to help provide legal aid to low-income residents in civil court cases.

The court said Friday that it had approved an additional $30 annual fee to be paid by lawyers starting in 2014. The fee is expected to generate at least $750,000.

Missouri's legal services fund helps pay for attorneys to aid people in civil cases such as child-custody disputes, protective orders, home foreclosures and bankruptcy cases.

The Supreme Court says the fee increase will help offset a recent cut in federal funding for low-income legal services.

Missouri's four regional legal aid programs also receive funding from a state fee charged on the filing of civil and criminal court cases.

 

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