These principles guide AARP’s policies on personal and legal rights and protections in the legal system.
Enforcement of civil and criminal laws should not penalize people unable to pay civil or criminal fees or fines due to poverty.
Policymakers should explicitly allow private individuals to protect their rights in court.
Policymakers should ensure that judicial proceedings are fair. They should not enact statutory damage limitations.
Policymakers should not restrict the ability to bring a class action.
Federal laws related to private enforcement of legal rights should provide a baseline for protecting individual rights.
Policymakers and the private sector should ensure that consumers and employees have the right to seek redress through the courts for injury or losses.
Options for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) should be available. These include mediation and arbitration.
Policymakers should expand access to free or reduced-cost legal services for older adults with low and moderate incomes.
Legal services programs should be fully funded.