Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about the EJC! Have other questions? Email us at


What is a civil legal issue? 

A civil legal issue refers to a dispute or conflict between individuals or entities that typically involves private rights and responsibilities. These matters are usually resolved through legal processes, such as lawsuits, where one party seeks a legal remedy, like compensation or specific action, from another party.

Unlike criminal cases, where the focus is on punishment, civil cases aim to resolve conflicts and compensate parties for any harm or loss suffered.

What are civil legal services?


Civil legal services refer to legal assistance and support provided to individuals or groups in matters related to civil law. These services are aimed at helping people navigate various civil legal issues, especially when they may not have the financial means to hire private attorneys. Civil legal services are often offered by legal aid organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies.

What is the EJC?

The Equal Justice Center (EJC) is an initiative led by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation to make navigating the civil legal system more accessible through various initiatives that provide free civil legal resources and information to Philadelphians across the city. 

Presently, the EJC is focused on working with communities, service providers and other stakeholders to assess needs and barriers within the civil legal system in order to intentionally develop tools, resources and solutions that will best address these challenges.

Who does the EJC serve?


The EJC will serve all Philadelphians who need assistance navigating the civil legal system.


What makes the EJC different from other civil legal service resources?

The EJC aims to develop tools and initiatives that complement the work of existing civil legal services by working with these service providers to develop tools that address the challenges they face in their work with communities.

Does the EJC offer legal advice?

The EJC does not offer legal advice nor replace a lawyer when legal representation is needed. The EJC serves as a resource to provide individuals with the information required to understand their legal problems and to seek out legal advice and services when necessary.


How do I get involved?


The EJC is heavily focused on community involvement and input! If you’re interested in sharing your story, providing feedback, or looking for other specific ways to get involved, check out our “Get Involved” page.

Who/what makes up the EJC? 


The EJC is led by the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and is comprised of a diverse group of social service providers, legal service providers, community members, donors, funders, and other stakeholders! 


Check out our Partners page for more information about some of our community partners!