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

  • 2021 Hawai`i Access to Justice Conference

    On Friday, June 25, 2021, the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Conference, sponsored by the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission, attracted over 260 attendees. Opening remarks were provided by Hawai`i Supreme Court Justice Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and Chair of the Commission, former Second Circuit Chief Judge Joseph Cardoza.  The Honorable Nancy … [read more]

  • 2020 PRO BONO CELEBRATION

              The eighth annual Pro Bono Celebration took place during National Pro Bono Celebration week in October 2020.  Due to health and safety concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of the usual “in-person” event, the Commission partnered with ThinkTech Hawaii to tape and livestream the Celebration.  In addition, during the … [read more]

  • Volunteer Attorneys Provide Remote Assistance

    Volunteer attorneys are providing legal help to the community remotely through the statewide Court Self-Help Centers. Attorneys will provide limited legal help by telephone in areas such as landlord-tenant, family, and other district court matters.  Calls will be answered by an AmeriCorps Advocate who will connect you with the attorney. … [read more]

  • 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.