This first-ever report on the state of access to civil justice provides critical information about where Maine stands in providing equal justice for its citizens. The promise of "equal justice under the law" is chiseled onto the front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, and is a defining aspect of American democracy. Ensuring that every person, regardless of means, has an equal opportunity to be heard in court is, in the words of the great Chief Justice John Marshall, "the essence of liberty