News from the Justice Index

What People Are Saying About The Justice Index

The Justice Index makes news. Its findings are cited by reporters in articles about the accomplishments and failings of state justice systems, and about the consequences that follow for people and society.

Indeed, the Justice Index is cited for many reasons in many contexts by many kinds of authors, including judges, court administrators, leaders of the bar, legal aid leaders, social scientists, legal academics, good government groups, social justice and antipoverty organizations, legislative and executive branch leaders, technology innovators, and others, too.

We organize and post on a rolling basis, below, some of the writings about the Justice Index that we, the staff of NCAJ, believe are likely to be of interest to people like you who ar concerned about access to justice in your states and in our country. We include our own National Center for Access to Justice blog posts when they cover the Justice Index.

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Martha Bergmark States’ Vital Role in Providing Civil Justice for Everyone, Governing Magazine (April 2, 2018)
Richard Zorza Justice Index Gets ABA Pro Bono Award, Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog (July 31, 2017)
John Bogna Trump's Cuts to Legal Aid Programs Would Hurt Low-Income Texans, Houston Press (April 27, 2017)
Josh Keefe Domestic Violence Victims Could Lose Funding To Hire Lawyers Under Trump Budget, International Business Times (March 16, 2017)
Massachusetts Awarded Grant to Improve Access to Justice, Massachusetts Courts - Mass.Gov. (November 15, 2016)
Jonathan Lippman, Matthew Diller & David Udell Law Schools Must Focus on Access to Justice, The National Law Journal (September 26, 2016)
Trevor Brown For Thousands, Civil Courts Are Out of Reach, Oklahoma Watch (September 20, 2016)
Report: Language Access in State Courts, U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (September 2016)
Bryce Covert Judges Across The Country Are Shaking Down Poor People, ThinkProgress (August 24, 2016)
Rebecca Beitsch In Many Courtrooms, Bad Interpreters Can Mean Justice Denied, Stateline (August 17, 2016)
Nellie Bailey The Poor Suffer in Civil Court, Just Like Criminal Court, Black Agenda Radio (July 19, 2016)
Michelle Chen One More Way the Courts Aren’t Working for the Poor, The Nation (May 16, 2016)
Alice Speri How the High Cost of Justice Pushes the Poor into Prison, The Intercept (May 13, 2016)
Michelle Iracheta Court interpreters ‘invaluable’, The Garden Island (May 12, 2016)
David Thomas Illinois ranks in top 10 for court access: Report, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (May 12, 2016)
State briefs for May 12, Hawaii Tribune-Herald (May 12, 2016)
Debra Cassens Weiss These states have the best and worst civil access to justice, ABA Journal (May 12, 2016)
Hawaii court interpreter service gets top national ranking, Honolulu Star-Advertiser (May 11, 2016)
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher Hawaii court interpreter service gets top national ranking, Hawaii News Now (May 11, 2016)
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher Hawaii court interpreter service gets top national ranking, West Hawaii Today (May 11, 2016)
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher Hawaii court interpreter service gets top national ranking, The Washington Times (May 11, 2016)
Hawai’i Courts Rank Third in Accessibility, Big Island Now (May 11, 2016)
Rui Kaneya Hawaii Ranks No. 3 In Access To Justice, Honolulu Civil Beat‎ (MAY 11, 2016)
Jared Keller How States Are Failing to Provide Justice for All, Pacific Standard (May 11, 2016)
Robert Ambrogi New Data, Companion Website, Score States on Access to Justice, Law Sites (May 11, 2016)
Zachary R. Dowdy New York State civil courts rank 22nd in access for poor, Newsday (May 11, 2016)
Bryce Covert Poor people don’t stand a chance in court, Think Progress (May 11, 2016)
Karen Sloan Access to Justice Best in D.C. and Massachusetts, Worst in Mississippi and Wyoming, The National Law Journal (May 10, 2016)
Wendy N. Davis Justice Moves Slowly For Those Who Need Interpreters, ABA Journal (March 1, 2016)
Maha Jweied & Allie Yang-Green White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable: Civil Legal Aid Research Workshop Report, U.S. Department of Justice (February 2016)
Susan Beck What to Do With Your Bonus, The American Lawyer (January 2016)
Report: Comparative Justice Policy Workshop, Open Society Justice Initiative & International Development Law Organization (December 2015)
David Udell For criminal justice reform, look to civil legal aid, Al Jazeera America (September 5, 2015)
Susan Beck The Justice Gap: How Big Law Is Failing Legal Aid, The American Lawyer (June 29, 2015 )
Peter Hall Survey: Language barriers persist in Pa.’s district courts, The Intelligencer (February 8, 2015)
Richard Zorza Some Observations on the Newly Updated Justice Index, Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog (November 27, 2014)
Michelle Diament States Ranked On Court Accessibility, November 25, 2014 (November 25, 2014)
Equal justice also means equal access, Jacksonville Journal Courier (November 18, 2014)
Connecticut courts rank highest for access, New Haven Register (November 17, 2014)
Illinois ranks 49th for how court system serves disadvantaged, The State Journal-Register (November 17, 2014)
State’s access to court ranks lowest in US, The Muskogee Phoenix (November 17, 2014)