Background: The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice was established in November 2014 by administrative order. The Commission was set to expire on June 30, 2016; however, its final report recommended that the Commission be reappointed on a continuing basis as a means to enhance its effectiveness in addressing the long-term and complex barriers that create difficulties for Floridians seeking meaningful access to civil justice. The Florida Supreme Court concurred, and in October 2016, by administrative order, it re-established the Commission as a standing committee.

The Commission encompasses the viewpoints of multiple constituencies and stakeholders and considers Florida’s legal assistance delivery system as a whole, including but not limited to staffed legal aid programs, resources, and support for self-represented litigants, limited scope representation, pro bono services, innovative technology solutions, and other models and potential innovations.