Friday, February 26, 2010

Access to Justice state and federal issue

The phrase "Access to Justice" has taken on greater import on the state and federal levels this week. The Massachusetts court system has announced a new commission to study issues of the self represented litigant in the state courts. The Globe reports that Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Tribe will be heading a federal commission on Access to Justice focusing on increasing legal access for the poor.
The Trial Court Law Libraries applaud these efforts, and hope to be part of the solutions. Recently a national conference on public libraries and access to justice was held in Texas with a team from Massachusetts in attendance.
We know that our Law by Subject pages, our IM and email reference, and our free document delivery reach thousands of people. Our 17 brick and mortar locations reach thousands more. We look forward to being part of the discussion on access to justice at all levels.