Access to Justice Department

“Every person … shall have remedy by due course of law; and right and justice shall be administered freely and without sale, completely and without denial, promptly and without delay.”
Constitution of the State of Maine, Article I, section 19.

The Access to Justice department serves as the primary administrative resource for assuring and improving public access to the Maine court system, and is responsible for addressing the access needs of individuals with disabilities, with limited English proficiency, and/or without legal advocates. The goal of the Access to Justice department is to further the mission of the Judicial Branch: To administer justice by providing a safe, accessible, efficient and impartial system of dispute resolution that serves the public interest, protects individual rights, and instills respect for the law.

The first Access to Justice Coordinator for the State of Maine Judicial Branch was hired in February of 2012. The coordinator is responsible for organizing and effectuating the Judicial Branch’s response to the access needs of individuals, as well as assessing Judicial Branch policies, procedures, and forms to assure meaningful access to justice for all Maine citizens.

The coordinator works in concert with the Judicial Branch Communications department to update and disseminate information for the Judicial Branch, and to provide the public with the tools and resources needed to navigate our complex legal system.

“Equal justice under law … is perhaps the most inspiring ideal of our society. It is one of the ends for which our entire legal system exists [and] it is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.” Lewis Powell, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice

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