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

  • 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.

  • 2020 Hawai`i Access to Justice Conference

    In light of the public health emergency arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hawai‘i Access to Justice Commission decided to cancel the 2020 Hawai‘i Access to Justice Conference that was scheduled for June 19, 2020.          


    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]