Kentucky Access to Justice Commission (KAJC)

The Kentucky Access to Justice Commission has been formed by an order of the Supreme Court of Kentucky. Chief Justice Minton will appoint 19 of the 25 commission's voting members and five ex-officio members to the commission.
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Primary geographic focus: Kentucky
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative
Acronym or short name: KAJC
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions

Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced the creation of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission at a news conference on Oct. 14, 2010.The commissions mission is to:

  • Identify the needs of the legal services community in providing civil legal services to the poor.
  • Create a statewide plan to deliver the civil legal services.
  • Develop strategies to increase resources and funding for the civil legal services.

The need for civil legal aid in Kentucky is great and continues to grow. Kentucky Legal Aid receives 4,000 calls a month requesting legal help and closes about 24,000 cases each year, which provides critical assistance to 68,000 low-income families and children who have nowhere else to turn for help. About 55 percent of the people who apply and are eligible for civil legal aid services are turned away because of lack of resources.


News Story

Kentucky Could Become Third State Not To Fund Legal Aid

Associated Press (AP)
March 27, 2018
State lawmakers are considering cutting the program to save money in a budget crunch caused by massive pension liabilities and stagnant revenues.


Kentucky Attempted To Kill Legal Aid Funding — We Should All Be Terrified

Joe Patrice
Above the Law
April 18, 2018
Kentucky's broken the taboo against eliminating legal aid funding -- expect things to get even worse around the country.

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