HOW DOES THE ACLU DECIDE TO TAKE LEGAL CASES?

The ACLU of Georgia generally files cases that affect the civil liberties of large numbers of people rather than those involving a dispute between two parties. The basic questions we ask when reviewing a potential case are:

Factual Disputes

The ACLU of Georgia prefers to take cases involving a question of law rather than those which involve complicated disputes of fact. An example of a factual dispute is an employment discrimination case where the employee alleges discrimination and the employer claims the employee was fired because of poor job performance, and there is credible evidence to support that claim.

The reasons we often decide not to accept cases involving factual disputes are 1) our limited resources (it is often expensive to prove a case which involves substantial factual disputes); 2) a court might never reach the civil liberties issue if it resolves the facts of the case against the client; and 3) the case is less likely to have a broad impact if the decision rests upon the specific facts of the case.

Resources

There are many cases and problems of unfairness and injustice which the ACLU of Georgia is simply unable to handle. We receive thousands of requests for assistance each year. Therefore, we cannot accept many cases that fall within the guidelines discussed above. We must select those cases which we believe will have the greatest impact on protecting civil liberties.

Excluded

We do not generally take any of the following types of cases:

How To File a Complaint

Online

You can submit any complaints you have to us online, by filling out our File a Complaint form.

In Writing

You can also send in complaints through the mail, fax, or e-mail. We do not accept complaints by telephone. If submitting in writing, please provide all of the following:

Please note the following: