Washington State Access to Justice Board

Mission

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. The recently adopted 2018–2020 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, 2010March 8, 2012, and March 4, 2016.

2018-2020 State Plan for Coordinated Delivery of Civil Legal Aid to Low Income People

On May 12, 2017, the Access to Justice Board adopted the 2018-2020 State Plan for the Coordinated Delivery of Civil Legal Aid to Low Income People. The purpose of the State Plan is to expand access to our civil justice system and identify and eliminate barriers that perpetuate poverty and deny justice. The State Plan sets forth five goals that represent a universal commitment of all Alliance for Equal Justice members as well as strategies and implementation steps to fulfill those goals.

Alliance members are encouraged to share with the Access to Justice Board their plans for utilizing the State Plan through this online form. The Board will be supporting the Alliance in implementing the plan, such as offering project planning tools. Feedback or questions about the implementation process can be directed to the Board at atj@wsba.org.

Next Access to Justice Board Meeting

When: Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, 10 a.m.–noon
Where: Washington State Bar Association, 1325 Fourth Ave., Seattle
Resource: Meeting Agenda and Materials

Please see the 2017-2018 meeting schedule. Most meetings are held in Seattle at the WSBA offices 10 a.m.–noon, unless otherwise noted.

Board Members

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. View the Board roster.

Geoffrey Revelle, ATJ Board chair

Executive Committee

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. 

Meeting Minutes

For earlier meeting minutes, email Diana Singleton.
FY 2017

Resources

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.

 

ATJ News

Access to Justice Board Committees

Get involved with the work of the ATJ Board's volunteer committees.

Key Documents

Governing documents and publications of the ATJ Board.

Current Initiatives

Learn about our annual priorities

History

Learn how the ATJ Board was created.

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Access to Justice Board Manager
Diana Singleton
206-727-8205

Justice Programs Coordinator
Bonnie M. Sterken
206-727-8293