The California Access Commission Has Adopted A New Strategic Plan For 2023-2025

The California Access to Justice Commission engaged in a Strategic Planning process that has generated its  Strategic Plan for 2023 – 2025.  

Equal access to justice can be denied because barriers exist – economic, language, geographic, and immigration status barriers, among others. Resources to provide legal help to Californians without the means to pay are insufficient – the “Service Gap.” Also insufficient is the public’s understanding that many problems and opportunities require or benefit from legal help – the “Knowledge Gap.”  “[T]he California Justice Gap is widespread, pervasive, and multifaceted.”[1] And so is the Access Commission’s work.

The Plan identifies four subject matter areas in which we will work, and priorities within those areas:  

  • Access to Courts:
    • Access to the Record in Court: The record of court proceedings must be made available to all
  • E-Justice: Leveraging technology in ways that enhance access and avoid creating new barriers
    • Support for Court Self-Help Centers
    • Support implementation of the Language Access Plan
  • Access to Lawyers:
    • Continue the Innovation and Infrastructure Grants Program
    • Support and expand Loan Repayment Assistance Programs for legal aid lawyers.
    • Support adequate funding for California legal aid organizations
    • Support a California Legal Aid Roundtable (LAIR)
  • Access to Other Forms of Help
    • Expand the capacity of County Law Libraries to help unrepresented people, including support for adequate funding
  • Narrowing the Knowledge Gap.
    • Complete and evaluate a social media messaging project for people who do not know their legal rights to healthcare access.  

[1] The State Bar of California, California Justice Gap Study, Executive Report (2019), available here.

More CalATJ News