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Going To Court Without A Lawyer Was Always Hard

The Pandemic Has Made It Much Harder

With courthouses still closed, judges and legal aid groups fear people who can’t afford lawyers are being shut out of the civil justice system altogether.

  • Zoe Tillman
  • BuzzFeed News Reporter

WASHINGTON — Russell Crawford, a 50-year-old father of five who lives in the Detroit suburbs, was due in court on April 8 for a hearing about his child support arrangement with the…

When the court restricted public access in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, that hearing was postponed.

Crawford, who doesn’t have a lawyer, told BuzzFeed News he was trying to figure out if there was a way to resolve the…

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