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Connecticut Finishes First in 2015 Justice Index

Monday, March 07, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Connecticut Bar Association
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For the second year in a row, Connecticut has finished first among all states in the 2015 Justice Index.

Compiled by the National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School, the Justice Index is a snapshot of the degree to which selected best practices for ensuring access to the civil and criminal justice systems have been adopted across the country. It measures access to justice for self-represented people, people with disabilities, and people with limited English proficiency, as well as the number of legal aid attorneys available to people living in poverty.

"Great strides have been made in developing access to justice under the leadership of Chief Justice Rogers, Chief Administrative Judge Carroll, and Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Solomon" said President Clendenen. "The Judicial Branch's role in increasing access to justice is commendable. This achievement is also a tribute to our members who have devoted thousands of hours in free legal services to represent Connecticut’s economically disadvantaged."

One of the fundamental values of the CBA is to “facilitate the delivery of competent legal services to the public and particularly to those in greatest need…” The Association works hard to fulfill this mandate by supporting Connecticut’s legal aid agencies, sponsoring and lobbying to increase funding for free legal services, and serving on numerous boards and Judicial Branch committees and commissions to find ways to help the underrepresented.




William H. Clendenen, Jr.