Virginia Access to Justice Commission (VAJC)


On September 13, 2013, the Supreme Court of Virginia established the Virginia Access to Justice Commission.
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Primary geographic focus: Virginia
Organization type(s): ATJ Initiative
Acronym or short name: VAJC
Tags: Access to Justice Commissions

The mission of the Commission, which is comprised of judges, lawyers, and others, is to promote equal access to justice in Virginia, with particular emphasis on the civil legal needs of Virginia residents. The Commission is co-chaired by the Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn, Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and John Whitfield, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Legal Services, Inc.

The formation of the Virginia Access to Justice Commission is consistent with Vision 3 of the current Strategic Plan for Virginia’s Judicial System, adopted in 2009, which states that Virginia‚Äôs courts will “maintain human dignity and provide effective access to justice for all persons.”



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Study finds ‘stunning’ justice gap in Virginia civil cases

Frank Green
Richmond Times-Dispatch
May 3, 2018
The high volume of cases moves efficiently through courtrooms that often are largely empty - in large part because usually only the plaintiffs have a lawyer and often even the defendants do not appear and represent themselves.



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