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Mississippi Establishes Access to Justice Commission to Expand and Coordinate Civil Legal Aid for Low-Income Communities

Monday, July 10, 2006

  • Organization: Brennan Center's Legal Services E-lert
Mississippi has become the 23rd state to create a statewide Access to Justice Commission to coordinate the financing and delivery of civil legal aid for low-income communities. On June 29, 2006, the state Supreme Court established the commission to assess and address the legal needs of Mississippi's low-income communities. Like many other access to justice commissions, Mississippi's will bring business leaders, clergy members, and government officials together to help low-income families obtain civil legal assistance.

State Supreme Court Justice Jess Dickinson says, "This Commission's overriding objective is to make sure that every citizen of this state, regardless of economic status, has reasonable access to justice and that no one is excluded because they don't have the money to hire an attorney." He adds, "It is my very strong opinion that the Supreme Court bears the ultimate and final responsibility to see to it that the justice system is fair for everyone."

Source: Miss. Supreme Court Creates Panel to Work on Legal Aid to Poor, Associated Press, June 30, 2006.

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