TN Justice Bus rolls out free legal assistance in the Midstate
NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Nearly 50 people have been able to get free legal help thanks to the latest initiative from the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission.
The Tennessee Justice Bus was launched last month.
The Tenessee Justice Bus is a mobile law firm that brings technology to rural and underserved communities. It is a van equipped with computers, tablets, printer, Internet access, video screens, Wi-Fi and other office supplies. Lawyers and other volunteers will be able to provide on-site access to legal aid and meet Tennesseans where they are.
Zachary Polen says he is excited to be part of this new legal initiative.
The future lawyer and current Access to Justice Special Projects Coordinator is happy to help people change their lives.
“We can help with eviction issues; we can help with family issues, divorces. We can help with employment issues, wrongful dismissals, things of that nature,” Polen said.
And the list continues.
“We can help you with debtor-creditor issues, so if you’re in deep debt, we can help you with that. We can also help you with erasure clinics; we can help you with restoring voters’ rights , driving license restoration, things like that,” Polen said.
Legal aid is free to anyone in the state, regardless of income.
The Access to Justice Commission plans to use the TN Justice Bus to strengthen its partnership with the Tennessee Equal Justice Community.
Tennessee legal aid providers handle a variety of civil issues such as evictions, debt and credit issues, unfair labor practices, family law and domestic violence, and employment law.
“We thought this would be a great opportunity to build our own court bus where we can bring these legal services and online portals to residents of Tennessee, especially targeting certain rural communities that don’t necessarily have the resources available.” , Polen said.
In 2009, the state Supreme Court established a statewide Access to Justice Commission, focused on serving the needs of people across the state in civil matters that do not cannot afford legal representation.
This bus will help staff reach many more people in need of legal assistance.
Part of the Rutherford County Erasure Clinic, on June 29, the Justice Bus helped erase nearly 50 records, with legal assistance provided to 25 others.
The Tennessee Justice Bus will be at the Murfreesboro Community Resource Center next Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 640 Broadmor Boulevard, Murfreesboro.
Lawyers and volunteers will be on hand to provide free on-site access to legal aid.
Staff said if you want to ask the bus to come to an event, you can email them at [email protected]