Recently, the Conference of Chief Justices and Conferences of State Court Administrators adopted Joint Resolutions calling on states to support the creation of statewide Access to Justice Commissions. The Arizona Commission on Access to Justice (Commission) was established by Administrative Order No. 2014-83 on August 20, 2014. The order directs this Commission to help serve the important Strategic Agenda goal of promoting access to justice for Arizona’s civil litigants.
The purpose of the Commission is to study and make recommendations on innovative ways of promoting access to justice for individuals who cannot afford legal counsel or who choose to represent themselves in civil cases. The Commission shall evaluate best practices within Arizona and other states, identifying possible changes in court rules or practices to reduce barriers to access, identify and encourage the adoption of best practices among legal service providers, and consider potential long-term funding options.
The initial work of the Commission shall be to examine and make recommendations on the following:
- Assisting self-represented litigants and revising court rules and practices to facilitate access and the efficient processing of family court and eviction cases.
- Encouraging lawyers and law firms to provide pro bono services or financial support for civil legal aid for those who cannot afford counsel.
- Developing an information campaign to inform lawyers and other citizens about the state tax credit for contributions to agencies that serve the working poor, including legal services agencies in Arizona.
Commission's Meeting Information
Workgroups (Members sign in here)
Resources and Videos
- Maricopa County Superior Court program expands access to services (October 6, 2015), Wafa Shahid
- Cutting the Poverty Rate with Civil Legal Aid (September 28, 2015), Martha Bergmark
- Perkins Coie to Fund Two Legal Services Attorneys Through Fees Awarded in Arizona Prison Reform Class Action (August 19, 2015), Press Release
- New CCJ/COSCA Resolution on 100% Access, and How to Get There, Is a Tipping Point (August 11, 2015), Richard Zorza
- Poverty, more than geography, determines who gets online in America (July 15, 2015), The Verge
- Arizona Commission on Access to Justice Report (March 26, 2015)
- Put Lawyers Where They're Needed (June 17, 2015), The New York Times
- Formal Opinion 470: Judicial Encouragement of Pro Bono Service (May 20, 2015), American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility
- Can we close the justice gap? (Spring 2015), Duke Law Magazine
- Access to Justice Boosts Tennessee Economy (March 18, 2015), Tennessee Bar Association
- The Arizona Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Website
- Working Poor Tax Credit Video
- Report from the American Association of Law Libraries
- Social Return on Investment Analysis (SROI) Report from CSACO and Arizona Legal Aid Services
- State Emeritus Pro Bono Practices
- Update on Illinois Standardized Court Forms
- Navigator Snapshot Report (December 2014), New York State Court Navigator Program
- Perkins Coie Press Release