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Colorado Access to Justice Commission

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Expanding access, quality, and fairness in the justice system for all Coloradans

Colorado Access to Justice Commission

Releases Strategic Vision Report

April 27, 2023

House Bill 23-1280:

Concerning the Codification of the Colorado Access to Justice Commission

December 2022

Remote Court Proceedings:

Opportunities & Challenges in Colorado

Final Report 

ATJC Listen and Learn Tour - 2021 FINAL.

March 2022:

Listen & Learn Tour

Final Report

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ATJC Listen and Learn Tour - 2021 FINAL.

March 2022:

Listen & Learn Tour

Final Report

Report Cover.png
ATJC Listen and Learn Tour - 2021 FINAL.

March 2022:

Listen & Learn Tour

Final Report

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What is the Access to Justice Commission (ATJC)?

The ATJC is an independent entity formed in 2003 with 20 appointed Commissioners who work to create solutions for those who lack the information, tools, and services necessary to resolve their civil legal problems fairly, quickly, and economically.  It unites civil justice leaders statewide to drive local and systemic innovations to address barriers in accessing the civil justice system. 

Civil Legal Issues

Civil legal matters affect every aspect of our lives, like housing, divorce, child custody, consumer rights, health care, insurance, debt collection, employment, government benefits, domestic violence, personal injury and more.

Our Work

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Strategic Planning

The barriers Coloradans face in accessing the civil justice system are continuously evolving. To ensure its work is relevant and meaningful, the ATJC unites stakeholders through statewide needs assessments to collaboratively plan and strategize.
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Technology

Technological tools - like virtual proceedings, virtual legal aid clinics, and chatrooms with court staff - have revolutionized the concept of access to civil justice. The ATJC is working to preserve, enhance, and expand advancements like these. It also focuses on innovating new solutions, like systems that help litigants file paperwork online, and web platforms that direct litigants to the services they need.
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Self-Help 

One of the most obvious challenges to fairness in civil legal matters is the inability to hire a lawyer. One of our central objectives is to increase the number of lawyers that offer free or affordable legal help statewide. The ATJC advocates for funding for legal services, recruits and supports attorneys dedicated to pro bono work, supports legal aid clinics, unbundled legal help, and limited scope representation.
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Self-Help

Many legal issues could be resolved without an attorney, but litigants still face barriers in resolving them. The ATJC works closely with the Colorado Courts on initiatives like creating simple and understandable forms, instructions, and procedures, developing a library of easily-accessible online self-help resources, and addressing issues like language, literacy, and public awareness that prevent many litigants from effectively representing themselves.
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Language

People with limited English language proficiency are already among the most marginalized populations in Colorado because of the barrier this presents in accessing all services. The ATJC continuously works to improve and increase access to interpreters and translated written materials.

Our Work

Bar Chart

Strategic Planning

The barriers Coloradans face in accessing the civil justice system are continuously evolving. To ensure its work is relevant and meaningful, the ATJC unites stakeholders through statewide needs assessments to collaboratively plan and strategize.
Keyboard and Mouse

Technology

Technological tools - like virtual proceedings and clinics, or online dispute resolution - can revolutionize access to justice. The ATJC works to preserve, enhance, and expand tools like these as well as innovate new ways to get people information and services.
Law Books

Legal Aid

One of the most obvious challenges to fairness in legal proceedings is the inability to hire a lawyer. ATJC works to increase the availability of free lawyers for low income Coloradans so their legal issues do not further destabilize or disrupt their lives.
Compass Pointing North

Self Help

Some legal issues can be resolved without an attorney, But people don't know what they need to do or where to start. The ATJC works to promote simplified and standardized legal procedures, forms, and instructions as well as easily accessible online self-help resources.
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Language

People with Limited English Proficiency are already among the most marginalized populations in Colorado because of the barriers language access presents in accessing all levels of services. The ATJC continuously works to improve and increase access to interpreters and translation.

Contact Us

We are always seeking new partners, allies and volunteers. We also welcome ideas for increasing our impact on access to justice in Colorado. Please reach out to us at:

Email: elisa@coloradoaccesstojustice.org

Phone:

(720) 306-1022

Address:

1290 Broadway, Ste. 1700

Denver, CO 80203

We regret that we do not have the resources to provide individual legal assistance. 

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