Welcome to the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission’s homepage.  The Commission’s primary purpose is to substantially increase access to justice in civil legal matters for low- and moderate-income residents of Hawaii.

“Equal access to justice should not be a mere illusion.  We should be energized to meet the challenge of such equality.

— Hawaii Supreme Court Associate Justice Simeon R. Acoba (ret.), former Chair, Hawaii Access to Justice Commission

“The pursuit of equal justice for all is truly a noble endeavor.”

— Associate Judge Daniel R. Foley, Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals, former Chair, Hawaii Access to Justice Commission

Hawaii Access to Justice Commission News

  • Commission Highlights

    The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission held its first meeting in July, 2008 after the Hawaii Supreme Court adopted Rule 21, establishing the Commission on April 24, 2008. The articles below highlight its first ten years.

  • 2020 Hawai`i Access to Justice Conference

    Save the date: Friday, June 19, 2020 The Hawai‘i Access to Justice Conference, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission, will be an all-day event.  Please attend to be part of an exciting, provocative discussion about seeking justice for the underserved, including opportunities for audience participation.             Hawaii-licensed attorneys … [read more]


    Over 260 people attended the eleventh annual Hawai‘i Access to Justice Conference  on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai`i, Manoa campus. Daniel Greenberg, Special Counsel for Pro Bono Initiatives, Schulte Roth & Zabel, a New York City law firm, was a … [read more]

  • Expanding Access to Civil Justice

    On January 13, 2019, Honolulu Access to Justice Commission Chair, Simeon R. Acoba, submitted an editorial to the Hawaii Star Advertiser, which was published on January 13, 2019. The link to the article is as follows:   https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/01/13/editorial/island-voices/expanding-access-to-civil-justice