August 25, 2020

We hope you are all safe and well.  We are pleased to share the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s 2019-2020 Annual Report. In addition, please mark your calendars for our 2020/2021 Commission meetings, scheduled from 3-5 pm on the following dates: October 26, 2020; December 17, 2020;  January 28, 2021; March 26, 2021; and May 27, 2021.   We will be in touch with further details.

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s 2019-2020 Annual Report

The Commission’s 2019-2020 Annual Report is available on the Commission’s website, under the Resources/Library tab.  The Commission’s accomplishments this year are due to our incredible team of dedicated Commissioners and volunteers.  We are so appreciative and thank all of you who have made the work of this challenging year possible.

You will see that the Report provides an update on the Commission’s ongoing work and new initiatives, with a particular focus on three core strategies: improving assistance to self-represented litigants; increasing justice by improving the effectiveness of, and the funding for, civil legal aid; and increasing services provided by private attorneys.

In addition, much of the Commission’s work during this past year has focused on the unprecedented challenges to ensuring access to justice in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  In March 2020, the Commission created a COVID-19 Task Force to foster collaboration and marshal resources to respond to the particular challenges of accessing justice and connecting those in need with resources during the pandemic.  The Task Force fostered an extraordinary collaboration among more than 140 volunteers from a wide range of organizations, including legal services, the courts, social service organizations, the Boston Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.