To support the most effective civil legal aid efforts across our state and to best support our grantees, the Montana Justice Foundation relies on studies of civil legal aid and its impact in our state. These studies report on existing legal services, populations needing legal services, the unique challenges and opportunities for legal aid in Montana, and the gaps and barriers to justice that exist in our state and nationwide. The following are the most recent and relevant of those studies to the needs of Montanans.
The two legal needs studies from 2005 and 2010 were funded in part by the Montana Justice Foundation and survey the legal needs of low income Montanans. The 2009 and 2014 reports explore the gaps and barriers to justice for low and moderate income families. The 2009 study was completed by the national Legal Services Corporation and looks to nation-wide trends in gaps to justice; the 2014 study was prepared for Montana’s Access to Justice Commission and looks to statewide trends in barriers to justice.