Supreme Court wants to give everyone Access to Justice

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 10:05pm
Staff reports

The Tennessee Supreme Court wants to make sure everyone, regardless of their financial abilities, has access to justice, and a new initiative announced Tuesday will help make that a reality.

A committee has been working for more than a year to launch Access to Justice, which will include a statewide pro bono summit and a yet-to-be-launched website among other action items.

The Access to Justice website will be a repository of resources and information for Tennesseans. It will include videos about the court system, links to local resources throughout the state, and downloadable plain-language forms, which will be approved by the Supreme Court.

The launch of the new website, which is expected to go live in January 2011, will coincide with the pro bono summit, slated for Jan. 20.

It will bring together members the legal community to discuss pro bono issues, preview available technology, and seek input on the development of a statewide pro bono referral system.

Chief Justice Holder also unveiled the court’s new access to justice video, which will be used to educate the legal community and business leaders about the civil legal needs crisis in Tennessee. The video is available at

5 Comments on this post:

By: budlight on 6/23/10 at 6:23

And this "access" will cost taxpayers how much? It can't be free to us. Only to criminals.

By: nothingbutagthng on 6/23/10 at 7:16

So you think the only people using this will be criminals? I must have misunderstood your point.

By: budlight on 6/23/10 at 7:55

Well, the probono part is just for criminals usually. Do you actually think someone with a divorce, a contested will matter, a tort will benefit? I doubt it. Too much money to be made. And who pays for it if in fact it's for those types of litigations?

TAX-PAYERS, probably. Somebody who is doing pro-bono work is usually already successful or on the public defender pay roll.

By: govskeptic on 6/23/10 at 10:10

There's already programs for the criminals. My reading of
this along with TV interviews it appears a large portion of
this program is a ruse to get much more assistance for
immigrants with a whole host of legal problems. Of course,
a few others with family incomes of less than $25,000 will
get some attention. Experienced Lawyers will run like ants
from any programs of pro-bono that affects them!

By: bringingbackcom... on 6/25/10 at 4:29

"This initiative is for civil matters, not criminals because criminals already have access to court appointed attorneys. This in fact is long over due and is a step in the right direction by the courts and the justice system in general. It will work for 4th district constituents in Madison because they will not be rough shodded out of their homes, as well as being belittled because of their financial status. It can be said now that if they are not in the Craddock click they will still have an alternative to fight bullyism.!"