Created by the Supreme Court of Texas in 2001 and charged with developing and implementing initiatives designed to expand access to, and enhance the quality of, justice.
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Primary geographic focus: Texas
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative
Acronym or short name: TATJ
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions
Specifically, the Commission aims to:
- Identify and assess current and future needs for access to justice in civil matters by low-income Texans.
- Create a framework for equitable access to justice by promoting policies, procedures, court rules, and legislation that remove barriers to our judicial system.
- Increase resources and funding for access to justice in civil matters and ensure both are applied to the areas of greatest need.
- Ensure wise and efficient use of available resources including local, regional and statewide coordination systems.
- Develop and implement other initiatives designed to expand civil access to justice, such as assisted pro se programs, strategic use of technology, and enhanced community education.
- Monitor the effectiveness of the statewide system and services provided.
CONTENT MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCELetter , News Story Wallace B. Jefferson, Nathan L. Hecht
June 1, 2011
This letter by the two justices is an eloquent and practical statement in favor of state funding for civil legal aid.
Op-Ed Jack Balagia
March 15, 2016
Providing services pro bono or helping to fund legal aid for the poor is a fundamental tenet of justice.
Column Dave Lieber
Dallas Morning News
April 10, 2016
The Texas Supreme court ruled that poor people who show they’re broke can still use the courts.
Feature Bryce Covert
August 24, 2016
Court fees stand in the way of justice for poor people.
News Story Johnathan Silver
September 15, 2016
Ahead of the next legislative session, lawmakers and legal service providers are looking for ways to make the legal process easier for those who represent themselves.
Op-Ed Eva Guzman
Dallas Morning News
October 26, 2017
After an event as catastrophic as Hurricane Harvey, which destroyed property and tore apart lives, legal needs continue for years. For people already stripped of their worldly possessions, more trials are to come. That is where legal aid comes in.
Op-Ed Martha Bergmark
April 2, 2018
It's up to lawmakers to provide the funding that's needed and to back reforms that make the system work better.
Editorial Editorial Board of Austin American-Statesman
March 30, 2015
The editorial board of the Austin American-Statesman urges the state legislature to increase funding for civil legal services in Texas.
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