PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2021
Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Announces Seven New Members and Release of 2020 – 2021 Annual Report
BOSTON, MA -- The Supreme Judicial Court today announced the appointments of seven new members to the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the release of the Commission's 2020-2021 Annual Report.
First established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 2005, the Access to Justice Commission seeks to improve access to justice for people who are unable to afford an attorney for essential civil legal needs, such as cases involving housing, consumer debt, and family law.
"We are delighted to welcome these new members to the Commission," said Supreme Judicial Court Justice Serge Georges, Jr., who co-chairs the Commission. “With representation from legal aid offices throughout the Commonwealth, the attorney general’s office, a law school, and the private sector, these new Commissioners will bring a range of critical perspectives to the Commission's ongoing efforts to ensure equal access to justice.”
The new Access to Justice Commission members are:
Among other activities, the Access to Justice Commission coordinates with civil legal aid organizations to support their activities and develop new initiatives to address unmet needs. The Commission also works to increase the number of attorneys able to provide pro bono or limited assistance civil legal services and coordinates with the court system on initiatives that assist individuals to better understand and navigate civil legal proceedings. The Commission's members include representatives from the court system, legal aid organizations, social service organizations, bar associations, law schools, businesses, and other stakeholders in the access to justice community.
More information about the Commission and its activities is available in its recently released Annual Report for 2020-2021, which is available on the on the Commission's website, under the Resources/Library tab.