ArchCity Defenders represents St. Louis' indigent on a pro bono basis in criminal and civil legal matters while working closely with social service providers to connect clients with services. Our primary goal is to remove the legal barriers preventing our clients from accessing the housing, job training, and treatment they need to get on with their lives.
In the five years we have been doing this work, we have primarily focused on representation in the municipal courts that have jurisdiction over infractions for mostly traffic-related offenses. Our direct representation of clients in these courts and the stories they shared of their experiences prompted us to conduct a court watching program to more closely observe the impact the municipal court system has on our clients' lives.
Harvey, Thomas, McAnnar, John, Voss, Michael-John, Conn, Megan, Janda, Sean, and Keskey, Sophia, ArchCity Defenders: Municipal Courts White Paper (November 23, 2014). ArchCity Defenders.