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Welcome to the D.C. Access to Justice Commission

The D.C. Access to Justice Commission was created by the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2005 to help improve the ability of low- and moderate- income residents to access the civil justice system. The Commission is also responsible for raising awareness in our community of the need for equal access to justice.

Advocacy Alert: Help keep Critical Legal Services in the District!

Public Funding for Civil Legal Services

The Commission advocates each year for the Access to Justice Initiative, a District public funding program that gives critical support to the civil legal services network.

Raising the Bar in D.C.

Through Raising the Bar in D.C., the Commission recognizes top D.C. law firms that provide financial support to organizations delivering vital civil legal services to District residents in need.

Strengthening Estate Administration Report

In 2022, the Commission released Strengthening Estate Administration in the District of Columbia, a joint report with the Council for Court Excellence. The report includes practical recommendations spanning 20 different topic areas to expand access to justice in this critical area.

Get Involved

The Commission is grateful to have many partners across the D.C. legal community who share a commitment to helping those most in need. You too can play an important part in making equal access to justice a reality.

Please note that the Commission does not provide legal services or referrals. For information about legal services providers in the District of Columbia, please visit: www.LawHelp.org/DC.