California Commission on Access to Justice

Appointment Information

The 26-member commission of lawyers and judges, as well as academic, business, labor and community leaders, was established to explore ways to improve access to civil justice for Californians living on low and moderate incomes.

The commission was instrumental in establishing the $10 million Equal Access Fund for civil legal services to the indigent and works closely with the Judicial Council to improve access to the courts.

Members also serve on one or more subcommittees. The State Bar appoints 10 members to the commission, and the remaining 16 members are appointed by other statewide entities. The terms are three years, and members may serve two consecutive terms.

  • Expected 2016-17 vacancies:  1 
  • Meetings per year: 6 (one to two in-person; four via video/teleconference between San Francisco and Los Angeles locations)
  • 2015-16 Chair: Hon. Mark A. Juhas, Los Angeles
  • Staff contact: Kelli Evans 415-538-2352

Deadline for 2016 applications:  Deadline extended May 4, 2016

2016-17 terms begin:  Conclusion of 2016 State Bar Annual Meeting (Oct. 2, 2016)

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