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Baltimore court expands tenant aid in housing cases

By Doug Donovan, Baltimore Sun

January 4, 2018


Zafar Shah, a Public Justice Center attorney, said assistance is needed before cases begin. That’s how similar efforts work in housing court in Brooklyn, NY., which Scurti visited and The Sun detailed in a July article.

“It’s about people walking into a court where they have an opportunity to figure out how to use those resources and the court understanding that people are not using those services before trial but on the day of,” said Shah, whose nonprofit maintains an office on the second floor of Baltimore District Court.

The Public Justice Center is pushing for legislation in this year’s General Assembly that would allow tenants to request a postponement up to seven days to build a defense against landlords, Shah said. Currently, the law allows for delays only when witnesses need to be found.

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