Colorado Justice for All Grant Recipient
In November 2016, Colorado was awarded a grant under the Justice for All Project. The grants support each state awardee in forming partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in the civil justice community and to develop state assessments and strategic action plans to implement Resolution 5. Resolution 5, passed by the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators, supports the goal of 100 percent access to effective assistance for essential civil legal needs and urges the National Center for State Courts as well as other national organizations to develop tools and provided assistance to states in achieving the goal of 100 percent access through a continuum of meaningful and appropriate services. Furthermore, the project seeks to enhance the commitment of the states to reimagine how to work across organizational boundaries and optimize resources to advance access to justice for all.
On December 22, 2017, Colorado completed its Justice For All Colorado Strategic Action Plan and now looks forward to the implementation phase of the Initiative. Colorado sought input during a summit of 115 stakeholder representatives and conducted interviews of people across the state about the state’s strengths and weaknesses in providing access to justice.
Based on the input and interviews, Colorado’s plan involves hiring an Access to Justice Coordinator to implement and promote justice. The plan also includes getting additional funding for legal aid developing self-help services (e.g., live chat, legal information clinics) and turn the Colorado Legal Help Center into a hub for legal resources. Colorado also would like to provide a civil right to counsel in cases involving high risk to safety, shelter, income, or family stability. Colorado is dedicated to rural legal development by introducing virtual proceedings and creating a program to place more lawyers and legal support in rural areas.
This project is supported by the Public Welfare Foundation and housed at the National Center for State Courts.