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State Bar of Michigan Judicial Crossroads Task Force Report of the Access To Justice (ATJ) Committee 2011

State Bar of Michigan Judicial Crossroads Task Force Report of the Access To Justice (ATJ) Committee 2011

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The Judicial Crossroads Task Force Access To Justice (ATJ) Committee, appointed in October 2009, was asked to identify constitutional, statutory, court rule, or other changes that could be implemented to overcome barriers to access to justice in light of current funding and other challenges. The committee agreed that overcoming these barriers would require a system-wide approach; an effective justice system is more than what happens in courts and entails coordination of efforts by judicial and extra-judicial stakeholders. The committee also
articulated guiding principles as touchstones for its work and identified two overarching questions: (1) what are the economic and demographic/diversity barriers to access to justice; and (2) what ongoing methods can be used to facilitate the planning, coordination, and
evaluation of access efforts? The committee identified seven areas of transformation and impact in response to the first question and proposed creating a Justice Advisory Board for Access and Fairness to address the second.
The Judicial Crossroads Task Force Access To Justice (ATJ) Committee, appointed in October 2009, was asked to identify constitutional, statutory, court rule, or other changes that could be implemented to overcome barriers to access to justice in light of current funding and other challenges. The committee agreed that overcoming these barriers would require a system-wide approach; an effective justice system is more than what happens in courts and entails coordination of efforts by judicial and extra-judicial stakeholders. The committee also
articulated guiding principles as touchstones for its work and identified two overarching questions: (1) what are the economic and demographic/diversity barriers to access to justice; and (2) what ongoing methods can be used to facilitate the planning, coordination, and
evaluation of access efforts? The committee identified seven areas of transformation and impact in response to the first question and proposed creating a Justice Advisory Board for Access and Fairness to address the second.

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Report of the ATJ Committee
 June 10, 2010
 
 
 Judicial Crossroads Task Force  ATJ Committee Report Page 2 of 51
 Table of Contents
 
 
 Judicial Crossroads Task Force  ATJ Committee Report Page 3 of 51
 A. Letter of Transmittal 
 June 10, 2010Barry L. HowardLipson Neilson Cole Seltzer & Garin PC
 
3910 Telegraph Road, Suite 200Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302Edward H. PappasDickinson Wright PLLC38525 Woodward Avenue, Suite 2000Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304Dear Messrs. Howard and Pappas: As co-chairs of the ATJ (ATJ) committee, it is our pleasure to submit the attached Report andRecommendations to the Judicial Crossroads Task Force. We encourage you to review the entire reportand look forward to meeting with you on June 24, 2010. As previously reported, the ATJ Committee began its work by adopting a set of core principles, whichincorporate the constitutional precepts of due process, equal protection, and the right to counsel. Withthese ATJ Principles as our foundation, we developed recommendations that not only promote accessto justice but, if adopted, will maximize efficiencies and achieve cost-saving benefits.In particular, the ATJ Committee identified seven areas of transformation that are referenced in SectionIII of the report. We understand that implementation of a number of these proposals will requireadditional resources, but we believe the overall impact will result in substantial cost-savings to thejustice system over time. Additionally, we offer several low-cost proposals that can be accomplished inthe near future without significant additional funding. Those recommendations are found in Section V of the report.Because we recognize that efforts to enhance access to justice extend beyond the judicial branch, asystem-
 wide approach is reflected in both the transformational areas and the ATJ Committee‘scomplete report, ―Michigan‘s Blueprint for Justice.‖ Th
e Blueprint is available in its entirety as an
addendum and contains our Committee‘s full set of recommendations as well as further opportunities
for planning, coordination, and collaboration beyond the work of the Judicial Crossroads Task Force. As this aspect of our work ends, we must acknowledge those who spent countless hours researching and analyzing issues, and drafting recommendations. Accordingly, we want to thank our committeemembers who enthusiastically delved into this time-intensive project, including the chairs of its work groups: Dawn Van Hoek, Hon. Denise Page Hood, Linda Rexer, Terri Stangl and Lorraine Weber. Weextend our gratitude to those who assisted the committee with data collection by responding to ourgrids and surveys. We certainly benefitted from the dialogue with our fellow co-chairs and the membersof their respective committees. We are especially grateful to our staff liaisons, Candace Crowley,Nkrumah Johnson-Wynn, and Gregory Conyers for their tireless, and effective and efficient support.Sincerely,Susan M. Moiseev  Judge, 46th District Court26000 Evergreen RoadSouthfield, MI 48076E. Christopher Johnson, Jr.Director, Graduate Program CorporateLaw & Finance Thomas M. Cooley Law School
 
2630 Featherstone Road Auburn Hills, MI 48326

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