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Access Across America

December 8, 2016 Access to Justice

Access Across America is the first-ever state-by-state portrait of the services available to assist the U.S. public in accessing civil justice. For the nation as a whole and individually for the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the report documents six components of contemporary access to civil justice:

  • Eligibility.  Who is eligible for different services, including means-tested and other targeted services, as well as free services available to the general public.
  • Delivery. How access services are delivered, including court-based services, neighborhood offices, and telephone- and web-provided legal advice, information and assistance. 
  • Connecting with assistance.  How people can connect with access to civil justice resources, such as through hotlines, local offices, court-based programs, web interfaces, and co-location with other kinds of services, such as medical or social services.  
  • Funding.  How access programs are funded.  
  • Coordination.  How access services and funding are coordinated, including through lead agencies, state access commissions, central funders, and informal networks.
  • Emerging definitions of access.  How ethical rules are changing to create new forms of both subsidized and market-based sources of civil legal assistance, such as through limited scope lawyers’ services, collaborative lawyering, and the availability of nonlawyer legal technicians.

Read the full report »

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