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 2017-18 vacancies:  3 
  • Meetings per year: 5-6 (one to two in-person; four via video/teleconference between San Francisco and Los Angeles locations)
  • 2016-17 Chair: Hon. Mark A. Juhas, Los Angeles
  • Staff contact: Louisa Ayrapetyan 415-538-2534

Deadline for 2017 applications: February 8, 2017

2017-18 terms begin:  Conclusion of 2017 State Bar Annual Meeting (September 22, 2017)

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