The Access Committee helps the state court system advocate for legislative support to improve access to justice for all by
drafting and advocating for legislation to improve access to justice
monitoring legislation that may have an effect on access to justice
educating legislators about access to justice issues
Established in 1997, the Access Committee has since sponsored nine legislative proposals: to provide qualified and certified court interpreters (6); to improve jury service (2); and to translate state forms (1). Six of those proposals have become law.
As noted in Jury Service Improvements, the Access Committee asked the legislature in 1999 to
increase mileage reimbursement amounts to jurors
reimburse jurors for certain hardship expenses some jurors incur, such as overnight lodging for those traveling long distances or childcare
increase daily compensation to jurors for service beyond two days
allow jurors to waive their fees and expense reimbursement and donate them to a fund designated by the Chief Justice to use to improve access to justice in state courts
The legislature adopted these improvements effective 2001. However, because of the unexpected fiscal crisis late in 2001, the legislature substantially reduced the amount that juror compensation and reimbursements would increase and postponed the effective date until January 2002. We are working with the legislature to restore the original increases when the state’s fiscal crisis abates.
2003 Legislative Session
2001 Legislative Session
1999 Legislative Session