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Please read this information carefully to find out the kinds of cases we accept and how to have the ACLU consider your problem. Securely submit your legal issue to the ACLU. We also monitor conditions in the L. County jails but not state prisons or jails in other counties. If your issue arises elsewhere, find your local affiliate here. We do not take walk-ins. Please submit a legal request by writing to us, calling the Intake Line, or using the online form.
Los Angeles, CA Callgiving your name, daytime telephoneand a brief description of the issue you wish to discuss. Your call will be returned by one of our volunteer pre-screeners; they are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice to you. Nor can they refer you to individual private attorneys. They can mail you appropriate referrals to other agencies which may be of help, and present certain information on your cases to their supervisor for review. Click this link to fill out our online form.
If we need more information, we will contact you. We will let you know as soon as possible whether or not we can accept your case, although, because of limited resources, there may be a delay in getting back to you. Please be sure to read the information about deadlines.
Attorneys represent ACLU clients free of charge. Our cases are handled by staff counsel, sometimes working together with attorneys in private practice who volunteer their time for ACLU cases. Civil liberties include freedom of speech, press, religion, and association; due process; equal protection; and privacy.
Civil rights include, for example, voting rights; discrimination based on disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion or national origin; police reform; and workers' rights. The ACLU generally files cases that affect the civil liberties or civil rights of large s of people, rather than those involving a dispute between individual parties. The basic questions we ask when reviewing a potential case are:.
Lawsuits can affect a large of people in two ways. First, we sometimes challenge a policy or practice that directly impacts many people. For instance, if the state cut Medi-Cal funding for abortions from the annual budget, thousands of poor women would be affected. Second, a lawsuit brought on behalf of one person can have a larger impact on others when it establishes or expands legal protections. Unfortunately, there are many cases that involve unfairness and injustice that the ACLU is simply unable to handle.
We receive thousands of requests for help a year at this office alone. Therefore, we cannot accept each case that may fall within the guidelines discussed above. If we do not accept your case, that does not mean it does not have merit, and you may still want to consider pursuing it with a private attorney or another legal organization.
If we do not accept your case, the ACLU is unable to give you advice about your case, answer questions, or provide other types of assistance — for example, reviewing papers or conducting legal research to assist you. This policy allows us to direct the necessary resources to those cases we do accept.
All legal claims have time deadlines. The deadlines may be different depending on who violated your rights and which rights were violated. For some kinds of violations, you may need to file a claim with a government agency before you can sue, and these agencies have their own time deadlines.
If you do not comply with the applicable statute of limitations, you may be legally barred from pursuing your claim in court. The ACLU cannot give you advice about the deadlines that apply to your case. To protect your rights, please consult an attorney promptly to find out what deadline may apply in your case. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights protect people generally from infringement of their rights by the government.
It is generally only the government that can deny your constitutional rights. However, another fundamental principle is that even a democratic majority cannot be permitted to tyrannize the minority and restrict individual rights. The Bill of Rights was specifically adopted to protect fundamental freedoms from the will of the majority. Facebook Twitter Reddit Print. Los Angeles, CA Leave a voice mail message on our Intake Line: Callgiving your name, daytime telephoneand a brief description of the issue you wish to discuss.
Securely submit a complaint online: Click this link to fill out our online form. What does it cost? What are civil liberties and civil rights? How do we choose cases? The basic questions we ask when reviewing a potential case are: Is this a ificant civil liberties or civil rights issue?
What effect will this case have on people in addition to our client? Do we have the necessary resources to take this case? What cases affect others? The ACLU generally does not accept cases in which: A person has been fired from a job without a good reason or just cause; A person is being denied benefits, such as workers' compensation or unemployment benefits; Criminal cases, or complaints about a person's attorney in a criminal case. We consider accepting criminal cases only in limited instances, such as, for example, when a person is being prosecuted for engaging in activity protected by the Constitution — such as participating in a political demonstration.
Why does the ACLU turn down cases that fall within the guidelines? Can the ACLU advise me about my case? Deadlines All legal claims have time deadlines.
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