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We condemn anti-Asian racism and stand in solidarity with the AAPI community to oppose racist violence and hate crimes. We resolve to continue our work to combat the systemic inequities in our civil justice process that affect many, but weigh especially heavily on AAPI and other and other BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities and prevent their full access to justice and the opportunity to live without fear of racist violence.

On February 23, the California Access to Justice Commission’s chair, Judge Mark Juhas made remarks at the Joint Judiciary informational hearing on “COVID and the Courts: Assessing the Impact on Access to Justice, Identifying Best Practices, and Plotting the Path Forward.” Judge Juhas’s remarks are available here.

At its meeting on June 12, 2020, the Access Commission recognized the importance of addressing the public about its support for measures to achieve greater racial justice in our society. The working group on that public statement recommend that the public statement be accompanied by action.

The California Access to Justice Commission joins the California Supreme Court and the California State Bar as well as many states’ highest courts and businesses in our commitment to reimaging and reimagining a more equitable world. The California Access to Justice's mission is to improve access to justice in civil matters for the most vulnerable Californians, including people living on low as well as moderate incomes. We are committed to redoubling our efforts to eliminate institutional racis

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Access Commission’s staff prepared this Remote Hearings Guide. It is intended to help judges, court administrators, and court users recognize and deal with access issues that can arise with the use of remote proceedings.   Download the paper here.