42 U.S. Code § 2996 - Congressional findings and declaration of purpose
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The Congress finds and declares that—
(1) there is a need to provide equal access to the system of justice in our Nation for individuals who seek redress of grievances;
(2) there is a need to provide high quality legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford adequate legal counsel and to continue the present vital legal services program;
(3) providing legal assistance to those who face an economic barrier to adequate legal counsel will serve best the ends of justice and assist in improving opportunities for low-income persons consistent with the purposes of this chapter;
(4) for many of our citizens, the availability of legal services has reaffirmed faith in our government of laws;
(5) to preserve its strength, the legal services program must be kept free from the influence of or use by it of political pressures; and
Source(Pub. L. 88–452, title X, § 1001, as added Pub. L. 93–355, § 2,July 25, 1974, 88 Stat. 378; amended Pub. L. 95–222, § 2,Dec. 28, 1977, 91 Stat. 1619.)
1977—Par. (3). Pub. L. 95–222inserted provision relating to assistance in improving opportunities for low-income persons consistent with this chapter.
Effective Date of 1977 Amendment
Pub. L. 95–222, § 17(b),Dec. 28, 1977, 91 Stat. 1624, provided that: “The amendments made by provisions of this Act other than sections 11 and 15 [amending this section and sections 2996c, 2996e, 2996f, 2996g, 2996h, 2996i, and 2996j of this title] shall be effective on the date of enactment of this Act [Dec. 28, 1977].”
This subchapter is known as the “Legal Services Corporation Act”, see Short Title note set out under section 2701 of this title.