Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission (OATJC)

The Oklahoma Supreme Court signed an Order on March 13, 2014, establishing The Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission.
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Primary geographic focus: Oklahoma
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative
Acronym or short name: OATJC
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions

The Court’s Order recognizes that many low-income Oklahomans are unable to receive full representation on civil legal matters due to a lack of funding and fully integrated legal services delivery system.

The Court’s leadership in this effort will coordinate and expand the current efforts in our state to increase access to justice in civil matters in Oklahoma.  The Access to Justice Commission will serve as a coordinator to assist all participants in developing strategic alliances to effectively move ideas into action.


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For Thousands, Civil Courts Are Out of Reach

Trevor Brown
Oklahoma Watch
September 20, 2016
Every month, thousands of Oklahomans show up in local courts on civil cases with no attorney representing them because they can’t afford the fees or aren’t aware that legal aid is available.


For too many in Oklahoma, ‘justice for all’ is a myth

December 18, 2017
The idea of “justice for all” is just that for too many Oklahomans — an idea, and not a bedrock certainty as declared in our Pledge of Allegiance. That bedrock often turns to sand for the state's poor.

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Oklahoma Commission Looks to Provide Free Legal Help

Kyle Schwab
February 4, 2018
A commission created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court is looking at new ways to provide free legal help to the poor in civil cases.


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Mollie Bryant
Big If True
March 18, 2019
Across the country, a huge influx of individuals are representing themselves in civil courtrooms, which lack the criminal side’s right to counsel.

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