Where legal aid services are concerned, it can actually cover a wide variety of categories. In short, legal aid services are alike to free counseling and representation in court. To be able to find a firm, which is capable of providing all forms of legal aid services, will be easier said than done due to the enormity of such services. In most situations, firms and lawyers will most likely only specialize either on a single or a certain group of categories of legal service. This is a very important fact to bear in mind. One would not want to waste time and money on a lawyer who is not specializing in the particular field of legal service one would like to engage in.
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I don't believe the first responder really got the gist of this in it's entirety. Private litigation is when private citizens (like you or I) sue each other, as opposed to public (governmental) litigation and commercial (businesses) litigation. So, pretend you and I are neighbors, and I drive a hummer and you drive a prius. Obv my car is contributing to pollution and such....and possibly global warming, etc. Would there be any useful purposes for you to take me, a private citzen, to court, and sue me for damaging the environment?? Or should we leave it to governmental bodies who will say that private citizens are NOT at fault for any environmental damage, but instead laws, rules and regulations must be put into place going forward, to ensure that we stop the bad we are doing now and instill preventitive measures?
My response would be no, there is no use for private litigation. Because after all, we ALL have done things, used products, etc. that have contributed to environmental harm. So first of all, we are all guilty; it would be hypocritical for one private citizen to sue another. Like Jesus said in the bible (just using this as an example!) when the townspeople wanted to stone the adultress, "Let he who is sinless cast the first stone". And no one could stone the woman because THEY were all guilty of "crimes" also. Secondly, the cause of environmental damage was widely unknown until recently, so the individual cannot be blamed for the products, services, and lifestyle habits that he/she has acquired during the time when he/she thought it was safe. But now that we have this information, it is up to the government to instill laws, rules and regulations to prevent further damage, to educate the people, and to change our ways. So the governement, for example, is changing the car emissions laws,etc. Thirdly, if my hummer is damaging the environment, it's not just hurting my neighbor, but the whole world! So why should only my neighbor collect damages?? That money should go to a public organization that benefits the whole town/city/world in helping to "fix" the problem my car is contributing to.
Even 10, 20, 50 years into the future, the government should be the body who indicts private citizens for any violations, and the damages should go to public organizations that benefits the whole, not just one individual. Individuals should not be suing other individuals for any environmental law violations.