Rights are not suggestions. They must be respected and fought for.

While the First Amendment provides for the right of people to petition the government for a redress of grievances, it doesn’t provide that you be given any assistance in doing so. If you’re wronged and your rights are violated, you might have a right to sue the government (with of course the exception of convenient loopholes like the state secrets privilege and qualified immunity), but you’re on your own to hire a lawyer who will take your case.

The Alliance Party believes that everyone with a worthy claim against government wrongdoing has a right to be made whole, and moreover, to receive guidance on the law that doesn’t cost money. The Citizen Advocacy Service is the entity the Alliance Party would create to accomplish these goals.

This Service would provide general clarifications on matters of law and provide basic legal advice to people upon solicitation, as well as pursue restorative justice in legitimate claims of wrongdoing by the government on both an individual and collective basis. It would accomplish this latter task through four distinct functions:

Legitimization of claim

Although we have identified and discussed government misconduct to significant degrees, because government is guilty in some instances doesn’t mean it’s guilty in all. Many people affected by government were affected legitimately (like convicted criminals) and might not have a legitimate case. The legitimization function of the Citizen Advocacy Service ensures that due diligence is performed to determine if a case is truly merit-worthy before it is accepted.

Individual civil action

An individual case is where the Citizen Advocacy Service determines that government has made a serious mistake and adversely affected an individual without cause. It gathers evidence in the same vein as any other civil investigation, and pursues a case against the government as would a private attorney. It’s noteworthy, however, that in this model, attorney fees are not taken from plaintiffs if they win in court, nor are taxes. As a public service, this service is funded by tax dollars and awards go to damaged parties in full.

Collective civil action

Functioning much like the non-profit American Civil Liberties Union does today, collective civil action would be engaged if states or other areas of the federal government enacted policies that violated the rights of people on a large scale. In this function, the Citizen Advocacy Service would have legal standing to bring action in any case where the rights of citizens were violated.

The Citizen Advocacy Service would also act as a guardian for the single-subject and summary amendment as proposed by the Alliance Party. In cases where laws are used beyond their intended scope (such as the Patriot Act being used for drug investigations today), the Citizen Advocacy Service would seek judicial injunction to prevent that occurrence from continuing further at the expense of our rights.

Medical malpractice claims against the National Health Service

In the context of reforming our national healthcare programs through the National Health Service, a contributing reason why our healthcare costs are sky-high today is that doctors face rampant medical malpractice lawsuits, and the stratospheric insurance premiums doctors are required to pay in case they're sued by a patient are passed on to the rest of us through our own medical bills.

Although most malpractice claims have merit, others are inappropriate and geared to make a quick buck. In this model, the Citizen Advocacy Service is the only entity with authority to file malpractice claims against the National Health Service, putting an end to the tort abuse we see today.

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