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The Factors for Consideration when Assigning an Attorney to Your Civil case


5 Factors

(1) whether the indigent's claims seem likely to be of substance;

(2) whether the indigent is able to investigate the crucial facts concerning his/her claim;

(3) whether conflicting evidence implicating the need for cross-examination will be the major proof presented to the fact finder;

(4) whether the legal issues involved are complex; and

(5) whether there are any special reasons why appointment of counsel would be more likely to lead to a just determination.

I. Definitions

"1. attorney, lawyer, legal adviser;"

II. Legal Citations

28 USC §1915(e)(1) | Proceedings in Forma Pauperis
"(e)(1) The court may request an attorney to represent any person unable to afford counsel."

III. Case Law

# Case
1Bass v Perrin, 170 F.3d 1312 (11th Cir. 1999)
1Collins v Homestead, 452 F.App'x 848 (11th Cir. 2011)
1Colon v Homeland Security, 6:12-cv-001447 (USFLMD 11/27/12)
1FTD v Lalonde, 545 F.App'x 825 (11th Cir. 2013)
1Hendricks v Coughlin, 114 F.3d 390, 392 (2d Cir. 1997)
2Hodge v Police Officers, 802 F.2d 58 (2d Cir. 1986)
3In re Martin-Trigona, 737 F.2d 1254 (2d Cir. 1984)
1Kilgo v Ricks, 983 F.2d 189 (11th Cir. 1993)
1Larez v Homeland Security, 8:09-cv-001010 (USFLMD 9/4/09)
1Poole v Lambert, 819 F.2d 1025 (11th Cir. 1987)
4Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Charles W. Sears Real Estate, Inc., 865 F.2d 22 (2d Cir. 1988)

IV. Quick Commentary


Congratulations! You're now booked up on the factors that are considered when deciding to Appoint Free Counsel to your civil case!

Please get the justice you deserve.


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