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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Ind. Courts - Supreme Court creates Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services

The Supreme Court has posted this 4-page order, filed Sept. 23rd: In the Matter of the Creation of the Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services. It begins:

A group of Indiana stakeholders has approached the Indiana Supreme Court and urged the Court to create a broad-based commission to work toward a goal of expanding the availability and provision of civil legal services to Indiana residents with limited financial resources. In existence in more than half of the states, similar commissions are commonly called "access to justice" commissions. The work of these commissions is encouraged by the Conference of Chief Justices, and the Conference of State COUli Administrators, and the American Bar Association. The initial Indiana proposal was supported by the Indiana Bar Foundation, the Indiana State Bar Association and several providers of civil legal services to the poor. In response, the Indiana Supreme Court underwrote an educational session about such commissions for Indiana's stakeholders and invited recommendations from the participants. Following review of the resulting recommendations, and after further review and consideration of parallel initiatives in other jurisdictions, the Indiana Supreme Court has elected to establish an entity to further explore, advise, and advance such interests.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 25, 2013 01:47 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions