National Center for Access to Justice

Next Steps Toward Launch of Justice Index 2016

The Justice Index,, is NCAJ’s data-intensive online resource using indicators and findings to support the replication of laws, rules and policies intended to help increase access to justice in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and, soon, Puerto Rico.

Followers of the Justice Index, including many leaders in state justice systems, know that NCAJ has been conducting a research initiative to update and expand the Justice Index with the support of more than 50 attorneys volunteering pro bono from five leading law firms (Kirkland & Ellis, Morgan Lewis, O’Melveny & Myers, Patterson Belknap, and Simpson Thacher).

NCAJ is presently completing certain final steps toward launching Justice Index 2016:

Meanwhile, the original Justice Index 2014 has been receiving attention in a variety of settings. Here are some links of potential interest:

  1. Language Barriers: Justice Moves Slowly for Those Who Need Interpreters – This ABA Journal article on progress to increase language access in the state courts relies on findings from the Justice Index for the statement, “As of 2014, 10 states – Alaska, California, Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming — don’t require interpreters in all criminal and civil cases”.
  1. White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable: Civil Legal Aid Research Workshop Report – This recent report from the federal government on research on civil access to justice, includes the Justice Index in its section “Measuring Access to Justice in the Civil Context” in a discussion titled “The Role of Indices” (at p. 9).
  1. Report: Comparative Justice Policy Workshop – This report from a workshop on access to justice in The Hague jointly sponsored by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI), Indonesian Ministry of National Development and Planning Agency, National Law Development Agency of the Indonesian Ministry of Law & Human Rights (BPHN), and International Development Law Organization (IDLO), includes the Justice Index as a model for using data to expand access to justice (at p. 8).
  1. David Udell on Legal Representation in Civil Court, Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV – This New York City cable television show presents an interview with NCAJ’s Executive Director on the justice gap, the civil legal aid movement, the civil right to counsel movement, new roles for non-lawyers, the Justice Index, and more (streamable).
  1. Access to Justice Initiatives in the Trial Court: 2009-2014 – This earlier report from the Massachusetts Trial Court on access to justice initiatives in the Court includes a section on using the Justice Index indicators to increase access to justice, titled “Pursuing the Metrics of the Justice Index” (at p. 16).

This blog will continue to update readers on the Justice Index.

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