The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court formed the Access to Justice Commission in June of 2005. The main mission of the Commission is to find means to make legal assistance available in important civil matters to all persons of low income without discrimination. It is apparent to all in the legal community that there are numerous, substantial barriers to justice in the Commonwealth. The Commission, whose members are listed in Appendix A, has concentrated on identifying those barriers to justice and finding solutions for people of low income, specifically persons who, because of their low income levels, qualify for assistance from legal services agencies. In order to identify barriers and various means of overcoming those barriers, the Commission conducted four open hearings in the past year. Some of our recommendations, if adopted, would help all segments of society facing barriers to justice, regardless of income.