Posted Aug 13, 2012 12:23 pm CDT
A county in southwestern Idaho has approved a preliminary budget that includes the hiring of a full-time lawyer to aid those filing pro se civil cases.
Canyon County commissioners approved the position, taking $60,000 from the Idaho Supreme Court, to hire the lawyer to help better assist an increasing number of pro se litigants.
The Associated Press notes that Canyon County has experienced a spike in pro se cases, with 800 reported just in July.
“In this economy we have some people who just can’t afford an attorney,” Canyon County Clerk Chris Yamamoto is quoted saying. “They need some assistance. Having an attorney will enhance what we offer.”