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For the ideal of equal access to justice to become a reality, some very practical challenges must be overcome. To provide civil justice to people who cannot afford to pay for legal help, California needs more legal aid lawyers to serve more clients. Fortunately, funding has continued to increase for attorneys interested in public service […]

We are pleased to share that on Tuesday, November 16 the Governor Newsom announced his two new appointments for the California Access to Justice Commission: Diego Cartagena and Crystal Miller-O’Brien.   Diego Cartagena is the President and CEO of Bet Tzedek since 2020, where he was Vice President of Legal Programs from 2017 to 2021 and Pro Bono Director […]

The Access Commission welcomes Sandra Levin, our new appointee from the Council of California County Law Librarians. Sandi has been the Executive Director at the Los Angeles Law Library since 2012 and was general counsel to the Law Library for three years prior to that. She currently also serves as the President of the Council of California County […]

Thanks to the generous support of the California Endowment, the California Access to Justice Commission was able to provide funding to address the impending housing crisis and strengthen the legal aid community’s capacity to represent and assist low-income BIPOC families and individuals in jeopardy of losing their housing because of back-rent due to COVID-19 . […]

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.