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Milwaukee Legal Resource Center Threatened by Court Budget Cuts

A Wisconsin Law Journal editorial by the Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors reveals that under the proposed 2006 budget, Milwaukee County Circuit Court budget would be slashed by almost 25 percent.

Among the many cuts could be the elimination of the county law library, known as the Milwaukee Legal Resource Center. According to the editorial, "for many people without attorneys this law library is their only access to the legal resources they need to learn how to handle their cases. State law requires Milwaukee County to provide such a law library so that people can knowledgeably defend their legal rights."

The Milwaukee Legal Resource Center is one of the state's few staffed law libraries available to the public. It serves the legal information needs of judges, attorneys, and the general public by providing reference and research assistance, training, and forms sales and distribution.