Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice (FCATCJ)

The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice was established Nov. 24, 2014, by administrative order of Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.
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Primary geographic focus: Florida
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative
Acronym or short name: FCATCJ
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions

The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice studies the unmet civil legal needs of disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income Floridians, considering Florida’s legal assistance delivery system as a whole: staffed legal aid programs, pro bono services, innovative technology solutions, and other models and potential innovations.

The commission will create strong collaboration among all groups seeking to improve access to civil justice and a heightened awareness of the needs of Florida’s citizens


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Kiosks Could Help Floridians Get Access To Legal Aid

CBS Miami
May 15, 2015
This piece details the new ways that the Access to Civil Justice commission proposes to increase access to justice in Florida.

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New website may deliver free civil attorney to state’s poor

Emerson Brito
Tampa Bay Tribune
May 27, 2015
Leaders in Florida’s legal community are working toward creating a website where people who can’t afford an attorney for civil matters can either find one or get the information they need without having to hire legal counsel.


Closing the civil justice gap

Gainesville Sun
September 11, 2015
Florida faces a civil justice crisis that indeed calls for a comprehensive solution. Legal aid must also be funded through both public money and additional contributions from attorneys.


Removing barriers to civil justice

Jorge Labarga
Tampa Bay Times
October 16, 2015
The problem of access to civil justice is not just a matter for the very poor. It is also a problem for America's middle class.


Florida civil justice gap also an issue for middle class

Palm Beach Post
October 19, 2015
The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice is off to a good start in recommending ways to increase access to the state’s courts for “disadvantaged, low- and moderate-income” Floridians.


Florida must close gap in civil justice

Orlando Sentinel
October 30, 2015
The iconic, blindfold-wearing Lady Justice wields a scale in one hand and a sword in the other. But for too many Floridians, she might as well be carrying a cash register.

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Florida chief justice stresses need for greater access to civil court system; his commission studies issue this year

Saphara Harrell
Florida Times-Union
February 22, 2016
Chief Justice Jorge Labarga talked about Florida’s Commission on Access to Civil Justice, which aims to find solutions for those unable to defend themselves in civil court cases like foreclosure.

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Florida Supreme Court chief justice to attend White House forum

Kristen M. Clark
Tampa Bay Times
April 18, 2016
Jorge Labarga, the chief justice of Florida's Supreme Court, is participating at an event at the White House on Tuesday to promote ways to help low-income Americans seek justice through the court system.


Schifino: Make pro bono count for those who need it most

William J. Schifino, Jr.
Tallahassee Democrat
November 16, 2016
Pro bono service is part of the very DNA of our justice system, because accessing it shouldn’t have a price tag or be limited only to those who can afford it.

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“Escambia Project” Expands Residents’ Access To Legal Help

Sandra Averhart
WUWF (Pensacola, FL)
November 6, 2017
It utilizes a unique community approach to developing new legal help services that are accessible and easy to use.

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App offers help to Floridians who can’t afford a lawyer in family court

James Call
Tallahassee Democrat
December 15, 2017
Other democracies spend up to 10 times more on civil legal aid than the United States. A Florida Commission looks to close the Justice Gap without money.


A Good Step to Create Access to Florida Courts

Editorial Board of Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times
November 24, 2014
In this editorial, Tampa Bay Times endorses the creation of the new Florida Commission on access to justice that will address that too many cannot afford to hire a lawyer to represent them in civil matters.

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Bousquet: Florida’s Chief Justice: Civil Court Isn’t Just for the Rich

Steve Bousquet
Tampa Bay Times
November 24, 2014
Florida's new Supreme Court chief justice talk access to civil justice and his order creating the new Florida Commission.

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