We change lives by changing the courts.
Chicago Appleseed, with the assistance of pro bono professionals, works with court staff and stakeholders to identify barriers for non-represented parties and inequities for everyone when accessing the courts in Cook County. Through best practices research, we identify and propose solutions to systemic problems in our courts.
Few people anticipate ever needing to be in a court and even fewer know what to expect when they are called to court–whether for a divorce or child support manner, a criminal charge, or eviction–especially if they are unable to afford their own attorney. Our work focuses on improving court processes for the represented and unrepresented alike.