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State Links

Alabama

Alabama Access to Justice Commission. The Alabama Access to Justice Commission was created by the Alabama Supreme Court in April, 2007 to "serve as a coordinating entity for the legally underserved, the legal community, social service providers and the private and public sectors."

2008 Annual Report to the Supreme Court and the Alabama Bar Association Board of Bar Commissioners. Alabama Access to Justice Commission (2008).

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

Arkansas Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created in 2003 by the Arkansas Supreme Court at the request of the Arkansas Bar Association.  The Commission's objective is "to provide equal access to justice in civil cases for all Arkansans."

2011 Annual Report. Arkansas Access to Justice Commission.

2014 Annual Report. Arkansas Access to Justice Commission. 

California

California Commission on Access to Justice. The Commission was established in 1997 and its goals include increasing resources for legal services for the indigent, expanding pro bono and language assistance, and increasing the availability of self-help assistance and limited scope legal representation.

Colorado

Colorado Access to Justice Commission. The Colorado Access to Justice Commission was formed in 2003 with the support of the Colorado Supreme Court, the Colorado Bar Association and the Statewide Legal Services Group.

Connecticut

DC

District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission.

Justice for All? An Examination of the Civil Legal Needs of the District of Columbia's Low-Income Community. District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission (2008). 

Rationing Justice: The Effect of the Recession on Access to Justice in the District of Columbia. District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission (2009).

2009-2010 Annual Report. District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission (2009).

Additional Annual Reports can be found here.

Florida

Hawaii

Hawaii Access to Justice Commission.

The Commission was established in May, 2008 by the new Hawaii Supreme Court Rule 21.

Hawaii Access to Justice Commission Annual Reports. Annual Reports available for 2009 through 2014. 

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Kentucky Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created in October, 2010 by order of the Kentucky Supreme Court. It's primary responsibilities will be to: (1) identify the needs of the legal services community in providing civil legal services to the poor; (2) create a statewide plan to deliver the civil legal services; and (3) develop strategies to increase resources and funding for the civil legal needs.

Louisiana

Maine

Maine Justice Action Group. The Justice Action group was founded in 1995 and provides "leadership and coordination in planning for the provision of legal aid to low-income Mainers." Its membership includes representatives from the State and Federal judiciary, Maine’s Legislature and Executive Branch, the Maine Bar Foundation, the Maine State Bar Association, the Maine Trial Lawyers Association, the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund Commission, and the boards of legal aid providers.

Access to Justice Newsletter Updates Archive.

Maryland

Maryland Access to Justice Commission. (Sunset effective 12/31/2014, Replaced by Maryland Judiciary Access to Justice Department). The Commission was formed in 2008 and its purpose is to "develop, consolidate, coordinate and implement policy initiatives to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for persons who encounter barriers in gaining access to Maryland’s civil justice system."

Reports of the Access to Justice Commission. Maryland Access to Justice Commission. Includes Annual Reports from 2009 through 2013.

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created in 2005 by an order of the Supreme Judicial court "to provide leadership, vision and coordination to the multitude of organizations and interests involved in assuring access to civil justice for the low-income families and individuals in the Commonwealth."

2009 Annual Report. Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (2009).

Mississippi

Mississippi Access to Justice Commission.The Commission was created in June, 2006 by the Mississippi Supreme Court and is tasked "to investigate the need for civil legal services to the poor in Mississippi, and to evaluate, develop, and recommend policies, programs, and initiative which will assist the judiciary in meeting needs for civil legal services to the poor."

Montana

Nevada

Nevada Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created in June 2006 by the Nevada Supreme Court "to improve the ability of all Nevadans, particularly those of modest means, to utilize Nevada's legal system by improving the delivery and funding of legal services programs, pro bono services, and self help services."

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created in January, 2007 by an order of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  Its mission is to "help New Hampshire citizens get the legal assistance they need to resolve disputes involving issues such as housing, health care and social security benefits, and domestic violence."

New Mexico

New Mexico Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created in 2004 by order of the New Mexico Supreme Court.  The Commission goals include "expanding resources, increasing public awareness through communication and message development, encouraging more pro bono work by attorneys, and improving training and technology."

New York

The Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services. The Task Force was created in 2010 by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.  It is dedicated to ensuring "adequate access to justice in civil legal proceedings involving basic human needs" and its mission includes "identifying permanent civil legal service funding streams, improving delivery of those services and guiding the courts’ ongoing efforts to remove barriers to justice for all New Yorkers."

North Carolina

North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was established in 2005 by order of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and is chaired by Chief Justice Sarah Parker.  Among the purposes of the commission are unmet legal needs assessment, statewide strategic planning, coordination of efforts between the legal aid organizations and other legal and non-legal organizations, resource development, expanding civil access to justice.

Oklahoma

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

Rhode Island (in process of formation)

South Carolina

South Carolina Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created by administrative order of the South Carolina Supreme Court in January, 2007.  The goals of the Commission include: (1) expand pro bono participation through the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Program, private law firms, government attorneys, corporate counsel, paraprofessionals including paralegals and court reporters, and law students; (2) expand and enhance staffed programs providing civil legal assistance to South Carolinians; (3) develop resources for self-represented litigants; and (4) education of the access to justice issues to the bench, bar, court administration, clerks of court, law students, paraprofessions, staffed program personnel and self-represented litigants.

2008 Public Hearings of the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission: Executive Summary. South Carolina Access to Justice Commission (April, 2009).

Tennessee

Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created in April 2009 by the Tennessee Supreme Court, and has "been charged by the Court to develop strategies and solutions to help meet the legal needs crisis; to foster continued collaboration among the judiciary, access to justice organizations, bar associations, and legal professionals; and to work to educate and focus the attention of the public and policymakers on this civil legal needs crisis so that all Tennesseans will be fully vested in solving this problem."

2012 Strategic Plan. Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission.

2014 Strategic Plan. Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. 

Texas

Texas Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created by order of the Texas Supreme Court in 2001, and is charged with "developing and implementing initiatives designed to expand access to, and enhance the quality of, justice in civil legal matters for low-income Texans."

Reports to the Supreme Courts, Strategic Plans, and the results of a Pro Bono survey can be found here.

Texas Access to Justice YouTube Channel.

Vermont

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Commission on Access to Justice (in process of formation). Established by Rule 3.01.

Virginia

Washington

Washington State Access to Justice Board. The Access to Justice Board was created by order of the Washington Supreme Court in 1994, and in 2000 the Supreme Court reauthorized the Board making it permanent.  "Recognizing that access to the civil justice system is a fundamental right, the Access to Justice Board works to achieve equal access for those facing economic and other significant barriers."

Annual Reports can be found here.

West Virginia

West Virginia Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created in 2009 by administrative order of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and its focus includes such topics as Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) with the Court System and the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Population, Self-Represented Litigants and Pro Bono services, Domestic Violence, Family Law, Elder Law, Resource Development, Public Education, and Outreach.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created by order of the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2009, and its mission is "to develop and encourage means of expanding equal justice for all in civil (non-criminal) legal matters."

Wyoming

Wyoming Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created by order of the Wyoming Supreme Court on December 16, 2008.  Its mission is promote fair and equal access to civil justice in Wyoming.