Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut
To apply for free legal services, please contact Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut.
Statewide Legal Services is a legal aid program that screens applicants for financial eligibility, gathers basic information about the applicant’s legal issue, provides advice, and where appropriate, refers cases to us for further assistance. Depending on the type of case you have, Statewide Legal Services may be able to refer your case to us or to another attorney or legal services organization.
- You can call their hotline or apply online:
Hotline Call-in hours: 9 a.m. – 12 noon, 1-2 p.m. Monday through Friday
From Middletown and Hartford: 860-344-0380
- Apply for legal help online.
- You can also apply by text. Simply text the word APPLY to 860-300-3845 and answer the questions as you are prompted. Standard messaging and data rates may apply.
- Need help with a housing problem?
If you are facing eviction or losing your housing subsidy (such as Section 8), you may have the right to a free lawyer. Call 1-800-559-1565 or get more info at www.evictionhelpct.org.
2-1-1 is a free, confidential information and referral service that connects people to essential health and human services 24 hours a day, seven days a week online and over the phone.
There are multiple connecting points.
Dialing 2-1-1 connects you to a trained contact specialist 24/7
Relay services can be accessed by calling 7-1-1. Anyone who is out-of-state or using Relay can connect to Connecticut 2-1-1 toll free by dialing 1-800-203-1234.
Chat: Available Tuesday-Friday, 8-2. Link located on top right of website.
Text for resources: CTWARM, CTFOOD, CTRECOVERY to 8898211
Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance
The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Program provides free, limited-scope legal services to pro se (self-represented) litigants with cases in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut who cannot afford to hire an attorney. While there is no automatic right to counsel in civil cases, the Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Program can assist litigants by providing services such as:
- Brief legal counseling
- Advising litigants about potential federal claims prior to filing suit
- Interpreting and explaining federal law and procedure
- Reviewing draft pleadings and correspondence with the Court
The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Program operates at the office of New Haven Legal Assistance Association at 205 Orange St., New Haven, CT. We are a very short distance from the New Haven federal district courthouse. We assist pro se plaintiffs and defendants on a variety of federal legal issues including civil rights, employment discrimination, and disability discrimination. We assist individuals with cases in federal district court in New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport. We are not able to assist incarcerated individuals at this time.
The Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Program is led by Attorney Cat Itaya.
Alternatively, call 203-850-7720 and leave a message. We will get back to you, but please note this method of intake will take longer.