Georgia Legal Services

March 12, 2013 | Charles Bowen

The Georgia Legal Services Program is a non-profit organization providing free legal services to low-income people in civil matters in the 154 Georgia counties outside the five-county Atlanta area. Those five counties are served by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

They provide representation to eligible clients in selected civil matters. They do not handle criminal cases. They do not handle fee-generating cases where a person may obtain representation from the private bar. They are not federal or state employees but must follow federal law and regulations under the Legal Services Corporation Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2996 et seq. and 45 C.F.R. §§ 1600 et seq. The LSC Act and regulations establish other restrictions and conditions on the kinds of services they may offer to clients, and also prohibit them from representing certain kinds of clients, such as certain undocumented aliens.