Existing legal aid programs in North Carolina have long been unable to meet the need of low-income people for legal assistance in cases involving basic human needs. Currently resources are available to provide help in approximately one-fifth of such cases. As the number of low-income people needing legal assistance has continued to increase, court, bar, and community leaders in North Carolina have looked to other states which have established Equal Access to Justice Commissions to develop new methods and strategies to address this growing need