Consumers and the Courts
Maryland Access to Justice Award Winners Named
Access to justice is a critical consumer issue. Each year, the state's courts handle more than two million cases and Marylanders are appearing in court on their own, without a lawyer, in record numbers. Many Marylanders are forfeiting important rights because they do not have access to representation or because they face critical barriers in exercising their rights. These barriers can include language or literacy issues, challenges due to varying physical abilities or a lack of understanding of the civil justice system in Maryland and the resources available.
The Maryland Access to Justice Commission works to improve and expand all people’s access to the state’s civil justice system, which includes landlord-tenant cases, divorce, child custody issues, small claims and debt collection, domestic violence and other non-criminal case types. As a part of its efforts, the commission's annual awards program recognizes the leadership achievements of those working to enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters.
The Maryland Access to Justice Commission has announced the recipients of its second annual Maryland Access to Justice Awards.
“The Access to Justice awards recognize individuals, programs and entities that improve the ability of all Marylanders to access the courts or to get legal help in civil legal matters so they can benefit from the rights, protections, services and opportunities that the law provides,” said retired Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Irma S. Raker, chair of the Commission.
The 2012 honorees are :