Term Civil Liberties Legal Assistance
Code FT-1025
Definition Programs that provide assistance for individuals who believe that their rights have been violated and need access to an attorney who is qualified to argue their case. The law differentiates between civil rights, i.e., the basic right of freedom from discrimination based on personal characteristics such as gender, race or disability, and civil liberties which are basic freedoms including the right to free speech, the right to privacy, the right to remain silent in a police interrogation, the right to be free from unreasonable searches of one's home, the right to a fair court trial, the right to marry and the right to vote. Civil liberties are either explicitly identified in the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution, or have been established by interpretations through the years by legislatures or the courts.
Created 3/12/20
Changed 3/24/20
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See Also References Constitutional/Civil Rights Groups (TD-1600.3100-160)
Constitutional Law (FT-1050)
Criminal Offender Rights Groups (TD-1600.1530-140)
Discrimination Assistance (FT-1800)
Voting Rights Protection (TQ-1800.9500)
External Classification Terms Legal Aid-Civil (UW
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (AIRS LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Legal Services (NPC I05)
Legal Services (NTE I80)
Related Concepts Advocacy/Rights Protection
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Bibliographic References "Civil Rights vs Civil Liberties", FindLaw website, https://civilrights.findlaw.com/civil-rights-overview/civil-rights-vs-civil-liberties.html

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