National Center for Access to Justice

Justice Index 2016 Launches Today

The Justice Index 2016 launches today at and is now live on the internet. See NCAJ’s Justice Index 2016 Press Release.

The Justice Index is NCAJ’s data-intensive online resource using indicators and findings to identify and 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. The Justice Index responds directly to the crisis in our civil justice system — the justice gap — in which so few people have access to legal assistance in high stakes legal matters affecting their homes, children, livelihoods, and even their personal safety and security.

In this new version of NCAJ’s pathbreaking resource that was created initially in 2014, the thousands of new findings reflect data produced by a 2015 research initiative carried out by more than 50 attorneys volunteering pro bono from five leading law firms: Kirkland & Ellis, Morgan Lewis, O’Melveny & Myers, Patterson Belknap, and Simpson Thacher. The original Justice Index 2014 has been migrated to a new home at

Later today, May 11, 2016, NCAJ will be introducing the new Justice Index 2016 at a launch event — The Launch of the Justice Index 2016 –  from 5pm to 6pm CST in the Red Lacquer Ballroom at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. The event will occur alongside the Equal Justice Conference hosted that week at the Palmer House by the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association.

If you are in the Chicago area, please join us. The Justice Index 2016 will be demonstrated by David Udell and Jamie Gamble of the National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School, with additional presentations by speakers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Illinois and Massachusetts Courts, and the Chicago Bar Foundation. For more on the event, click here.

The Justice Index 2016 is stronger, bigger, faster and better than before. It is a carefully researched, comprehensively sourced, rigorously presented, on-line data-intensive resource for learning about and replicating selected best policies for assuring civil access to justice. It is of value in helping to define a reform agenda responsive to the civil justice system crisis and the justice gap in every state. It is a product of the National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School in collaboration with its many partners, including, especially, the Cardozo School  of Law.



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