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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

jfataskforce@courts.mi.gov


John Nevin

Director of Communications

Michigan Supreme Court

(517) 373-0129

nevinj@courts.mi.gov​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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100% Access t​​o Civil J​​ustice System​

Justice for All Task Force

The Michigan Justice for All (JFA) Task Force is committed to providing 100% access to our civil justice system. With input from stakeholders all across Michigan, the Task Force will first inventory various aspects of the civil justice landscape, identify gaps, and then develop and implement a comprehensive approach to fill those gaps.​



DETROIT TOWN HALL MEETING

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Opening the public town hall meeting in Detroit: (l to r) Jennifer Bentley, executive director of Michigan State Bar Foundation; Chief Justice Bridget McCormack;

and Justice Brian Zahra.

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David Robinson, interim executive director of the Wayne County Dispute

Resolution Center--overseen by the State Court Administrative Office--sharing information with Detroit town hall attendees about the benefits of

dispute resolution and how to find resources.

WATCH VIDEO OF DETROIT TOWN HALL​.​



GRAND RAPIDS TOWN HALL MEETING

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Nearly 100 people attended the
Justice for All Task Force town hall meeting on February 14 in Grand Rapids, where Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and Justice Brian Zahra heard public testimony from local residents, advocates, and attorneys. WATCH VIDEO OF GR TOWN HALL​.



JUSTICE FOR ALL INTERVIEW
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 Chief Justice Bridget McCormack and Justice Brian Zahra, 
who represents the Supreme Court on the Justice for All Task Force, speaking in June 2019 to Mikenzie Frost of WWMT about Task Force goals.




Why is the JFA project important? 

•  The right to a lawyer applies only in criminal cases, not civil cases.

•  Seven out of 10 low-income households had at least one civil legal problem in the

last year.

•  Due to funding limitations, legal aid agencies must turn away over half of those

who seek their help.

•  In three of four civil cases, at least one side represents themselves in court

because they can’t afford to pay an attorney.​

•  Only 10% of people with civil legal problems recognize their issue has a legal

component that may be solved by the civil justice system. 

  • •  ​People who have done nothing wrong often lose their cases in court because they
  • don’t have the legal information or help they need.​


Michigan resources

Michigan Legal Help

•  Homepa​​ge​​

•  Find a lawyer​ in your area​​​​

•  Self Help Centers​

•  Tips/Resources for going to court​​​​​​​​


Nat​i​​o​​nal resources

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National​ Center for State Courts (N​CSC​)

•  Pro Bono and Volunteer Programs​​​


Legal Services Corporation (LSC)

•  Homepa​​ge​​

•  Find Legal Aid


LawHelp.org

•  Homepa​​ge​​

•  Find legal help state


WomensLaw.​org​

Legal aid for victims of abuse

•  Homepa​​ge​​

•  Laws by State​​​


ImmigrationLawHelp.org

Helps low-income immigrants find legal help

•  Homepa​​ge​​


StateSideLegal.org

Legal help for military members, veterans, and their families

•  Homepa​​ge​​

•  Advocate Resources​​

•  Map to find legal help​

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National Domestic V​iolence Directory

Resource for volunteer lawyers seeking to assist victims of violence​

•  Homepage​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​




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