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Kentuckians now have access to a free, new and improved legal resource that provides answers to common legal questions, self-help forms, guides and other tools for resolving life’s important legal issues.

Kentucky Civil Legal Aid Programs and the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission announced in a March 24 statement the launch kyjustice.org. The website provides plain language information to help individuals and families with legal issues related to housing, debt, public benefits, expungement of criminal records, family law, and more.

At a press conference on March 23, Chief Justice John Minton, Jr. officially announced the launch of kyjustice.org.

“The objective of kyjustice.org is to provide a central repository of free legal aid for people seeking legal help,” he said. “The website, which is jointly operated by Kentucky Civil Legal Aid Programs and the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission, provides helpful resources including high-quality legal information, self-help forms assistance, a tool that screens legal aid eligibility, and an interactive map of county resources.

Judge Michele Keller, who chairs the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission, also said, “The court system can be complex and difficult to navigate. One of the goals of this website is to make legal information easily accessible and understandable. The content is managed by the Commission. The Commission’s objective is to provide access to justice for our citizens, regardless of their economic situation.

The website, which took over a year to build, includes many new features to make finding legal help easier. The website also includes a volunteer section for attorneys seeking to provide free services, and a section for the latest news and information about changes in Kentucky law.

“This great new tool connects legal experts, Kentucky courts, pro bono attorneys and people across the Commonwealth. It’s a shining example of how we can come together to better serve Kentuckians,” said said Rep. Ed Massey, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

About 400,000 Kentuckians visit the site each year. Many visitors to the website are self-represented in court. These self-represented litigants may lack the necessary understanding of the law and make mistakes along the way, leading to them losing their homes, income, security, or family. The tools offered by kyjustice.org eliminate legal barriers for those who may not be financially eligible for legal aid and who otherwise would not have access to quality legal information.

“We know it can be difficult to ask for help. The stigma of asking for help must be removed,” said Undersecretary of the Cabinet for Justice and Public Safety, Keith Jackson. “Kyjustice.org is a great resource to help Kentucky take critical steps in the right direction.”

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (LABG) received funding for this project through a 2019 Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Technology Innovation Grant (TIG) to make the website more user-friendly, including easy-to-use guides and templates. LABG worked with Kentucky Legal Aid Programs and the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission to review kyjustice.org.

Joshua Crabtree, Executive Director of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, expressed his gratitude to the partners who helped make the website successful.

“Providing accurate, high-quality legal information required tremendous collaboration from many partners,” Crabtree said. “These partnerships will continue into the future so that we can ensure that kyjustice.org remains a premier resource for Kentucky families. Thank you to the Legal Aid Network of Kentucky, LSC, Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., Justice Keller and the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission and the many partners who have helped us in this endeavour.

The Legal Aid Network of Kentucky provides free civil legal aid to low-income and vulnerable Kentuckians. The Kentucky Legal Aid Network includes Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Kentucky Legal Aid, AppalReD Legal Aid, Legal Aid Society, and the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission.

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