In May 2004 the Supreme Court formed the New Mexico Commission on Access to Justice (“ATJ Commission” or “Commission”).1 The Commission was charged with assessing the status of legal aid for low income New Mexicans and for making recommendations to improve the situation. This is the Commission’s first report to the Court. In this report the Commission sets forth an historical background that discusses work done on the issue prior to the formation of the Commission. The report also describes the current legal aid delivery system. It discusses the evidence concerning legal needs of low income people. It discusses obstacles to improving the system of providing legal needs for low income people. The Commission also makes initial recommendations for action. Finally, the report discusses future plans of the Commission.