- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa lawyers won’t have to pay a new $100 annual fee to help low-income people afford legal representation.

Chief Justice Mark Cady said Tuesday the Iowa Supreme Court will not assess the fee on lawyers to fund Iowa Legal Aid.

The nonprofit group recommended the idea to raise money to serve more low-income individuals and families who cannot afford attorneys in civil disputes.

Supporters said there was a great need for more low-income legal assistance. But critics said the fees unfairly singled out their profession and would hurt younger lawyers saddled with law school debt.

Cady said the court will continue to study a variety of options, including fees, “to achieve the best long-term solution.” He says the court will also seek state funding and encourage volunteer work.

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