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An estimated 695,000 people live at or below poverty in Mississippi. With one legal services lawyer per every 21,000 eligible individuals, the challenges are great, but the desire to achieve justice for all is greater. While many organizations in Mississippi have long been committed to improving the delivery of civil legal services to the poor, there was no single entity that was representative of all such organizations. Recognizing the need for a single unifying entity to bring together the various providers of civil legal services, the Mississippi Supreme Court created the Access to Justice Commission on June 28, 2006, becoming the 23rd state to appoint such a commission. With the proposed development of a unified strategy to improve access to the civil courts for the poor, a vision was born. Funded through the generous support of the Mississippi Supreme Court, The Mississippi Bar and The Mississippi Bar Foundation, the Commission aims to make a difference for one, for all.

Identify Needs

Identify the current and future needs of the legal services community in providing access to justice to the poor in Mississippi

Strategic Planning

Develop and establish a strategic statewide plan for delivery of legal services to the poor in Mississippi

Maximize Resources

Work to maximize the wise and efficient use of available resources, including development of local, regional and/or statewide systems

Develop Initiatives

Develop and implement initiatives designed to expand civil access to justice

 Reduce Barriers

Work to reduce barriers to the justice system by addressing existing and proposed court rules, procedures and policies

 Monitor Effectiveness

Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the statewide system and services provided

Our Mission

The mission of the Access to Justice Commission is to develop a unified strategy to improve access to justice in civil legal proceedings for the poor in Mississippi.

Mississippi Access to Justice Commission Action Plan 2023-2024

Click here to access our 2023-2024 Action Plan for increasing access to justice for every Mississippian.

What is civil legal aid?

Become a Volunteer

Everyone has a role in expanding access to justice in Mississippi. If you have a heart for helping people, volunteer with us today.

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