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Identifying the Civil Legal Needs of New Mexicans

The Commission spent its first two years, 2004 and 2005, researching the civil legal needs of low income New Mexicans using Justice Gap studies conducted by the Legal Services Corporation, information provided by New Mexico legal aid providers, and town hall hearings around the state where the public, legal aid providers, social service agencies, court officials, judges and lawyers provided information to Commissioners. The Commission provided this information to the New Mexico Supreme Court in this Report and Recommendations.

The Commission continues to work with providers and national organizations to understand the civil legal needs of New Mexicans. Ongoing data collection is a consideration in the proposed Justice for All Plan that the Commission is currently developing.