St. John’s County Legal Aid is the St. John’s County arm of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. (JALA) is a non-profit law firm dedicated to providing free civil legal assistance to those who could not otherwise afford it. JALA is not a Federal, State, County or City agency. Under Florida law, there is no right to an attorney in a civil case, and legal aid lawyers and staff are often the only place many of our veterans and active duty military, elderly and at-risk citizens can turn to for help in wrongful foreclosures, evictions, debt collection and abuse cases.
JALA receives zero dollars from the State of Florida. Although roughly half the State’s population qualifies for civil legal aid based on income guidelines, and our economy is heavily dependent on low-income workers in our tourism and service industries, Florida is now one of only three states in the country that provide zero state funding support for legal services.
JALA receives zero general funding from the City of Jacksonville. The City of Jacksonville’s lack of support makes it the only large city in the state that does not support legal services. This, despite the fact that roughly 48% of the City’s residents qualify for civil legal aid.