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Legal Help for Seniors

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Many businesses and government agencies give special treatment to people over a certain age. That age limit is usually around 60, 65, or somewhere in between. If you’re a “senior”, an “elder”, or otherwise in that category, you can usually get discounts from private enterprise on things like meals, hotels, and movie tickets. From the government, you can get a lifetime pass to National Parks for only $10.

When it comes to the justice system, seniors don’t get any breaks. If you’re accused of a crime, or sued for damages, the law only cares about your age if you’re a … Read More

Portland Restaurant Inspection Reports Go Online

In a press release issued on June 4, 2013, the City of Portland’s Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Division announced that food service inspection reports for local restaurants and other food service providers are now available online. Providing the public with easy access to these reports is a part of the city’s continuing effort to improve its environmental health and safety programs. In addition to the inspection results, information on how to interpret the data included in the inspection report is also provided on their website.

“With Portland’s growing reputation as a foodie destination, it is important … Read More

How’s the Air Quality in your State?

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Have you ever noticed a haze in your area and wondered if it’s just fog or unhealthy smog? Smog can be created by a weather condition known as a “temperature inversion,” where the cool air in a valley is trapped by a layer of warmer air above. Temperature inversions prevent the normal release of emissions into the atmosphere thus trapping pollutants at ground level. According to an article by Paul Foy, of The Associated Press, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found the greater Salt Lake City region as having the worst air in the nation during the month … Read More

Are You Registered to Vote?

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With the upcoming presidential election, it is more important than ever to register to vote. Traditionally, registering to vote required a paper application, either mailed or delivered to the County Courthouse. However, a number of states are now offering online voter registration.

On September 19, 2012, the State of California launched a new online voter registration system. According to the September 20, 2012, article by Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, there are 6.5 million California residents that are eligible to vote but have not registered. The California Secretary of State, Debra Bowen hopes that the new system will ensure greater … Read More

Public Defenders, Assigned Counsel, and Other Ways Indigent Defendants Get A Lawyer

If you’ve watched more than a handful of crime dramas on TV, you’re familiar with the Miranda warning given when someone is arrested. The exact words may vary a little from state to state, but it’s usually very close to this:
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in court. You have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.”

The Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights guarantees (among other things) that no person may be compelled … Read More

Another Specialized Court: Environmental Court

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Specialized courts, whether separate entities or divisions of other courts, handle specific types of cases. They are designed to dispense justice efficiently by maintaining expertise in a particular area, following a procedure tailored to their subject matter, collaborating with other government agencies, or a combination of these approaches.

Specialized courts may be set up not to simply to determine guilt and punishment, but to arrange and supervise treatment for people with mental health or substance abuse problems. Examples of these “accountability” or “collaborative” courts are Drug Courts, Mental Health Courts, and Veterans Courts.

Other specialized courts may … Read More

Want to Research Environmental Issues?

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The safety of the environment has become a greater and greater concern in the United States today.   In recent years, the federal government, states, counties and cities have passed regulations, and established offices, to provide resources to its citizens regarding environmental issues.   Many of the agencies provide online links for accessing the variety of information available.

The State of California has initiated an environmental education program in schools, grades K-12, believing in the importance of early environmental education.   See California’s Education and the Environmental Initiative page for more information about the program including curriculum.

Alaska provides a Contaminated Sites  link … Read More

Foreclosure Mediation Provides Hope for Homeowners in Growing Number of States

State court systems are stepping in to help minimize the damage from the residential mortgage foreclosure crisis. Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Ohio are among those that have implemented statewide foreclosure mediation programs. A number of other states are currently considering legislation to create foreclosure mediation programs, and many cities and courts have put in place local programs.

All 88 Ohio counties now use foreclosure mediation in handling foreclosure cases on their dockets. Through these programs, a neutral mediator works with homeowners and lenders to resolve the mortgage problem by mutual agreement. Such mediation can … Read More