Link to National Center for State Courts: NCSC
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 Fairness and Access Commission
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.
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 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.
"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.
The Commission was established in May, 2008 by the new Hawaii Supreme CourtRule 21.
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.
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.
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."
Interim Report. Maryland Access to Justice Commission (Fall 2009).
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).
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 initiatives which will assist the judiciary in meeting needs for civil legal services to the poor."
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 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 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."
2009 Annual Report to the Supreme Court. New Mexico Access to Justice Commission (2009).
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 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.
Puerto Rico Advisory Commission for Access to Justice
Rhode Island (in process of formation)
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 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.
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.
Vermont Access to Justice Coalition
Virgin Islands Commission on Access to Justice (in process of formation)
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 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 Access to Justice Commission. The Commission was created byorder 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."