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.), 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

  • 2016 PRO BONO CELEBRATION

    The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission honored attorneys who volunteered without compensation to nonprofit legal services providers and self-represented litigants at its 2016 Pro Bono Celebration on Thursday, October 27, 2016.  The Commission also presented awards of $500 each to the six award recipients for its high school essay contest … [read more]

  • VLSH AND LEGAL AID RECEIVE CY PRES FUNDS

    CLASS ACTION RESIDUAL FUNDS ASSIST NONPROFIT LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS   The law firms of Perkins & Faria and Bickerton Dang presented the non-profit legal service providers, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii and Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, over $107,000 each in cy pres funds on June 14, 2016.  Both law firms … [read more]

  • PROGRESS TOWARD INCREASING ACCESS TO JUSTICE

    Hawaii Supreme Court Rule 21 requires the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission to issue annual reports on its activities and periodic reviews of its progress toward the goal of substantially increasing access to justice in civil legal matters for low- and moderate-income Hawaii residents. The report below briefly highlights accomplishments … [read more]

  • 2016 HAWAII ACCESS TO JUSTICE CONFERENCE

    The Hawaii Access to Justice Conference sponsored by the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission attracted over 250 attendees at the all-day event at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa on Friday, June 24, 2016. The keynote speaker was Jonathan Lippman, former Chief Judge of … [read more]