How Services Are Provided


If you are eligible based on your income and resources, you may be:

Issued a letter. 

The letter entitles you to a free initial consultation with a local participating attorney.  After the initial consultation, the attorney will contact the Judicare office for case approval.  If Judicare approves the case, the local attorney will represent you, and Judicare pays the attorney's fees.

Scheduled for Consult. 

Consult appointments with Judicare's attorneys will provide legal information, counsel and advice, brief services, and referrals to other organizations that may be able to help you.  Consulting attorneys are knowledgeable in areas of law which affect low-income persons most often.

Referred to Judicare's Indian Law Office. 

The Indian Law Office provides representation to Native Americans in civil matters involving Indian law issues in tribal, state, and federal courts.  They also provide limited assistance in criminal cases in tribal courts only.

Prior to 2013...

Applicants who were found financially eligible for Judicare services received a Judicare card, and Judicare provided a list of Judicare private attorneys who accepted Judicare cases.  From that list, you chose any lawyer in your area, as long as the lawyer was willing to accept Judicare payment. 

Once you found an attorney to conduct a consultation, you showed your Judicare card to the lawyer on your first visit.  After the initial consultation, the attorney would submit their bill and/or seek case approval from Judicare.

As of January 1, 2013, however, Judicare no longer issues cards.

If you have difficulty getting a Judicare application, finding a lawyer, or if you have a question or complaint about your Judicare case, please contact our office.