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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Fall 2013

Delaware Supreme Court Establishes
Delaware Access to Justice Commission

The Delaware Supreme Court entered an Order on November 13, 2013 establishing a Delaware Access to Justice Commission effective as of January 1, 2014. The Commission, established for an initial two-year period, is charged with providing a coordinated approach to investigating the gaps and critical needs related to access to justice in Delaware, and developing effective comprehensive solutions to access to justice barriers that may exist. The Commission was established based on recommendations issued by the Access to Justice Exploratory Committee convened by Justice Jack B. Jacobs, on behalf of the Delaware Supreme Court, to consider whether Delaware would be best served by the creation of an Access to Justice Commission. Across the nation, Access to Justice Commissions have been created to identify barriers to access to justice for low to moderate income persons in a state and develop coordinated and comprehensive approaches to eliminate access to justice impediments. The importance of the work of Access to Justice Commissions has been recognized nationally, including by the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators. The Delaware Access to Justice Commission shall be appointed by the Supreme Court and include representatives from each of the courts, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Public Defender, the Delaware State Bar Association, the Delaware Bar Foundation, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc., the Community Legal Aid Society, Inc., Legal Services Corporation of Delaware, Inc., the State Court Administrator, and other community stakeholders.