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Court Access Rights Discussed

At 785: "The right of access to the courts arises in a variety of contexts." The right to sue and defend in court is a privilege of citizenship guaranteed by the Constitution. There is a right of court access encompassed within the right to petition government for redress of grievances. There is a due process right preventing state actors from preventing individuals from obtaining access to the civil courts. "This right of access to the courts 'also comprehends a right to learn facts necessary to seek redress for constitutional violations of individual rights.'" (Id., citation omitted) See: Olender v. Township of Bensalem, 32 F.Supp.2d 775 (E.D.Pa. 1999).

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Olender v. Township of Bensalem