On June 13th, the Illinois Supreme Court announced the creation of the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. This is wonderful news for the ATJ community; as one of the most populous states, increased attention to access to justice issues in Illinois stands to benefit a great many people.
The new commission will, among other things, consider: the adoption of standardized forms to ease the burden of comprehension on pro se litigants; means to increase access to effective and affordable legal aid; increasing access to persons of limited English proficiency; and solutions to the problem of physical access to justice for those in rural or otherwise inaccessible areas.
The commission has been established, and its mission codified, by a new Illinois Supreme Court Rule: Article X. By joining the 26 other states that have established similar ATJ commissions, Illinois has brought us all that much closer to ensuring equal access to justice for all.