Welcome to the National Center for Access to Justice

The National Center for Access to Justice is dedicated to achieving reform that helps people obtain justice in the courts.

We rely on our courts to secure the rule of law: to halt domestic violence, stop unlawful foreclosures, preserve the unity of families, obtain wages owed to employees, and in some circumstances to block unfair criminal proceedings. 

But, too often, people cannot get into court, receive attention from a court, obtain essential interpretation and representation, and secure a just result. In civil cases, 80% of the legal needs of the poor are unmet. In criminal cases, people unable to afford a lawyer are entitled to receive free counsel, but only the poorest obtain it, often it is late, and in many communities its quality is impaired.

To enable people to secure the protection of the rule of law — whether to halt domestic violence, stop unlawful foreclosures and evictions, preserve family unity, claim wages and other employment protections, challenge unfair criminal prosecutions, and more — the National Center for Access to Justice works to make our courts more accessible and fair.

In current  initiatives, the Center is developing an on-line Access to Justice Index; working to strengthen law student pro bono to increase access to justice, and urging consideration of new models of legal assistance that will rely on nonlawyers to help narrow the justice gap.

To learn more about the Center’s mission and activities, see About the Center.

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