Maryland Courts

About the Commission

Mission Statement

Purpose: The Maryland Access to Justice Commission will develop, consolidate, coordinate and implement policy initiatives to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters for persons who encounter barriers in gaining access to Maryland’s civil justice system.

Membership: The Maryland Access to Justice Commission brings together leaders and stakeholders from the Maryland Judiciary its many justice system partners, including members of the legal services delivery system, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Executive and Legislative Branches, and the Governor’s Office. The commission also seeks to create a meaningful voice for the public whose interest the commission serves.

The commission will focus on several key areas in making and implementing recommendations to enhance access to justice for all:

  • Enhancing the safety, accessibility and convenience of the courts and justice system for all. [Safety, Accessibility and Convenience Committee]
  • Supporting the legal services delivery system. [Access & Delivery of Legal Services Committee]
  • Assisting self-represented litigants. [SRL Committee]
  • Addressing critical barriers to justice for those with language, literacy, and cultural differences. [Critical Barriers Committee]
  • Promoting public information about the civil justice system. [Public Education Committee]
  • Articulating what access to justice for all should mean in Maryland and identifying ways to measure the impact of the commission’s work. [Definitions & Standards Committee]

The commission began its work by hosting a statewide Forum on Access to Justice on October 20, 2008.  To be a successful initiative, the Maryland Access to Justice Commission must provide a meaningful role for input from a broad range of Marylanders.