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 2014-15 vacancies:  2 
  • Approximate number of meetings per year: 6 (two by conference call; four in-person and video conference between San Francisco and Los Angeles locations)
  • 2013 Chair: The Honorable Ronald Robie, Sacramento
  • Staff contact: Sarah Lindsey Chanrasmi 415-538-2534

Deadline for 2014 applications:  Application deadline extended to May 16, 2014

2014-15 terms begin:  Conclusion of 2014 State Bar Annual Meeting (Sept. 14, 2014)

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