Access to Justice Board
Recognizing that access to the civil justice system is a fundamental right, the Access to Justice Board works to achieve equal access for those facing economic and other significant barriers.
The Access to Justice (ATJ) Board was established by the Washington Supreme Court in 1994 at the request of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors in response to a growing need to coordinate access to justice efforts in Washington.
Recognizing that access to the civil justice system is a fundamental right, the ATJ Board works to achieve equal access for those facing economic and other significant barriers. In carrying out its mission, the ATJ Board is guided by the enabling order of the Washington Supreme Court, the Hallmarks of an Effective Statewide Legal Services Delivery System, the ATJ Board's Statement of Principles and Goals, and the ATJ Board’s Operational Rules.
The ATJ Board is charged with planning for the statewide delivery of civil legal aid services. Its Plan for the Delivery of Civil Legal Aid to Low Income People in Washington State is the blueprint for this work. The ATJ Board oversees the work of a number of standing committees and special initiatives to address current and ongoing access issues.
The ATJ Board is administered by the Washington State Bar Association, and reports annually to the Washington Supreme Court and the Washington State Bar Association. The Court adopted amended Orders on April 29, 2010, March 8, 2012, and March 4, 2016.
Access to Justice Conference
Friday, June 2, to Sunday, June 4, 2017
Yakima Convention Center, Yakima, Washington
Join attorneys, judges, legal professionals, law students, staff and faculty, and community-based partners as we work together to improve our ability to meet the challenges of ensuring civil equal justice for our state’s poorest and most disadvantaged communities, build our skills and strengthen our statewide, growing network. Learn more and register.
The Access to Justice Board has two open positions. If you have a demonstrated commitment to equal justice principles, please join us. Appointments are made by the Washington Supreme Court upon nomination of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors. The three-year term starts Oct. 1, 2017, with eligibility to be reappointed for an additional three-year term. The positions may be filled by an attorney or a person who is not an attorney. Learn more about the position and how to apply. Applications are due April 1, 2017.
When: Friday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Where: Clark County Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St, Vancouver, Washington
Resources: Agenda and Materials
Please see the 2016–2017 meeting schedule. Most meetings are held in Seattle at the WSBA offices 10 a.m.–noon, unless otherwise noted.
The Access to Justice Board consists of 10 members nominated by the WSBA Board of Governors and appointed by the Washington Supreme Court. Members are appointed based on experience and commitment to expanding access to justice. Not less than one nor more than two members must be non-attorneys. Appointments are for three-year terms. Board members are eligible for reappointment for one additional term. See the full list of current ATJ board members.
Geoffrey Revelle, ATJ Board chair, 206-714-0964
The ATJ Board Executive Committee plans the agenda for the meetings. The ATJ Board welcomes suggestions for agenda items. If you would like to submit an item, please contact Diana Singleton. Individuals submitting agenda items may be invited to attend the Executive Committee meeting(s) at which those items are considered.
If you are looking for legal assistance or referrals, learn more about Finding Legal Help.
Please support the Campaign for Equal Justice.
The Access to Justice Board is a supporter of The Alliance for Equal Justice.
Get involved with the work of the ATJ Board's volunteer committees.
Governing documents and publications of the ATJ Board.
Learn about our annual priorities
Statewide planning for the coordinated delivery of civil legal services
Learn how the ATJ Board was created.
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Access to Justice Board Manager
Justice Programs Coordinator
Bonnie M. Sterken
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