Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program. – https://nwjustice.org
Their Mission: Combatting Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity
Their Vision: “Justice for All Low-Income People in Washington”
As a dynamic statewide law firm, NJP pursues our mission through legal advice and representation, community partnerships, and education to empower clients and combat injustice in all its forms.
NJP operates a toll-free intake and referral hotline called CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral). CLEAR serves as the statewide, centralized point of access for clients seeking free legal help, including advice, education, limited legal services, self-help materials and, where available, referrals for further representation. NJP attorneys in offices around the state provide assistance and direct representation in high priority, complex cases, including cases that address barriers to persons seeking access to our justice system, and also engage in community education efforts.
NJP also maintains Washington LawHelp, a public website containing an extensive library of legal resources, self-help materials, including necessary court forms in areas of law needed most by low income persons, the great majority of whom are forced to appear in court unrepresented.
In addition, NJP is an integral member of and provides support for the Alliance for Equal Justice, Washington’s coordinated statewide civil legal aid delivery system, which brings together a network of volunteer attorney programs, specialty legal aid providers, and supporters working to ensure equal justice for all low-income communities in Washington.
Consistent with NJP’s commitment to combat injustice by improving access to our civil justice system, all NJP facilities are accessible, and NJP provides language and sign interpreters for persons needing assistance to access our services. As a statewide organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, culture and other qualities, NJP is also committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters a mutually respectful environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices in all its activities. NJP works to ensure its commitment to basic fairness by adherence to NJP’s Guiding Principles.
If you are low-income, call our toll-free hotline, CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral). You can call CLEAR Monday-Friday from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm, at 1-888-201-1014.
Generally, NJP first screen callers for income eligibility and type of legal problem. If it’s not a type of problem they can help with, such as a criminal law problem or personal injury case, they’ll do their best to refer you somewhere that can help. CLEAR gets many calls. It may take a while to speak to someone. Please be patient.
Persons 60 and Over:
In addition, seniors age 60 or over may call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111, regardless of income. Assets limits may apply.
If you are eligible for our their services:
Your call will be forwarded to an attorney or paralegal for an in-depth interview to assess your legal problem. NJP will provide advice and immediate assistance if possible. In addition, they will determine if you need additional legal help and try to arrange further assistance. Help may be provided by phone and electronically. You may also be referred to a local NJP field office or other legal services program for more help.
NJP CLEAR attorneys will often help a caller by preparing court papers, negotiating on your behalf, and otherwise advocating for you. Read more about Calling CLEAR.
Interpreters American Sign Language
Deaf and hard of hearing callers can call 1-800-833-6384 or 711 to be connected to a free relay operator, who will then connect them with CLEAR. CLEAR will conference in interpreters when needed at no cost to callers.