Access to Justice

Learn about our Access to Justice goals and projects.

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The Massachusetts Judicial Branch is committed to ensuring equal access to the court system for all members of the public, including self-represented litigants, those of limited or no English proficiency, and individuals with mental or physical disabilities. Towards that end, in June 2009, the Chief Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Trial Court established the Access to Justice Initiative. 


The goal of access to justice is:

  • To guide and coordinate resources within the Trial Court to broaden access to civil justice for all litigants
  • To work with judicial leaders in the Trial Court to develop long and short range goals, statewide strategies, and best practices to increase access to justice throughout the Trial Court
  • To work with organizations outside of the court to implement access to justice initiatives and protocols


Since its inception in 2009, the initiative has worked on a number of projects, including:

The Trial Court's access to justice initiative works closely with the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, thereby institutionalizing connections between the court system, the organized Bar, the civil legal services delivery system, and the Executive Branch.

Contact   for Access to Justice


1 Pemberton Sq., Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: January 11, 2021

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