The discussion among Supreme Court members during a recent Open Rules Conference was about tribal courts and circuit courts. Justice Rebecca G. Bradley noted that justices previously had expressed concern about the ability of poor people to access courts.
And then Justice Michael J. Gableman said, "...We expect, of course, that the unrepresented litigant will be knowledgeable of the law. It’s a fiction, but it’s a fiction we’ve decided as a society to subscribe to because otherwise our system couldn’t function.”
Justice, apparently, is a nice outcome, but totally optional.
Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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