The Sun Herald, 10/14/8

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission will hold a public hearing next week to gather information about poor people’s need for civil legal services.

The hearing is set for Monday afternoon at the Leflore County Civic Center in Greenwood.

The commission will hear testimony from attorneys, clergy members, community leaders and others about the need for legal assistance in matters such as housing, domestic violence, child custody, child care, health care and disabilities assistance.

The hearing will not address legal assistance in criminal cases.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat whose district includes the Delta, will host the public hearing. The moderator will be state Supreme Court Justice Jess Dickinson, who grew up in Tallahatchie County.