Report on Civil Legal needs in Colorado

In January 2008, a report issued by the Colorado Access to Justice Commission (Commission) concluded that “Colorado faces a serious crisis in civil legal representation of the indigent.” Unfortunately, six years later, the crisis remains no less severe. A convergence of factors — including the Great Recession, high unemployment, high foreclosure rates, low interest rates, and federal budget cuts — has increased the number of indigent persons in this state while reducing funding for Colorado Legal Services (CLS), Colorado’s only statewide legal aid program, by 10 percent between 2009 and 2013.