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

  • 2017 PRO BONO CELEBRATION

    The Hawaii Access to Justice Commission (“Commission”) hosted the fifth annual Pro Bono Celebration on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Hawaii Supreme Court.  The Celebration was supported by the Hawaii State Bar Association (“HSBA”) and the Hawaii State Bar Foundation. The Program honored ten outstanding individuals including nine attorneys, … [read more]

  • 2017 HAWAI`I ACCESS TO JUSTICE CONFERENCE

    Over 260 people attended the ninth Hawaii Access to Justice Conference on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, Manoa campus.   The conference celebrated the theme “Fulfilling the Promise of Equal Justice.” The Cades Foundation was acknowledged for its generosity in providing … [read more]

  • 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]