Tracking Congress’ Attacks on Access to Justice
The courts provide a means for people and communities to hold wealthy corporations accountable, and serve as an important check on the power of Congress and the executive branch.
In the past year, the 115th Congress has introduced more than 50 pieces of legislation that would restrict people’s ability to use the courts to defend civil rights, civil liberties, consumer protections, public health and safety, and the environment.
In some instances, the legislation appears to be a coordinated effort with the Trump administration to strip people of their legal right to seek justice in a court of law. Without urgent action, these efforts will erect permanent obstacles that will keep people and communities from going to court to defend their rights, their lives, their livelihoods, and the places they love.
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