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The Poor Lack Access To Counsel
 
To retain counsel is expensive for those living below the poverty guideline; however, even for the middle class, the cost of accessing a lawsuit can cause serious hardship.  Litigants’ right to due process of law is averted because the right to litigate is apportioned to those with the means to afford the right to litigate.  Moreover, the poverty-stricken proselitigant must declare the “Pauper Oath before gaining access to the Civil Justice System.