Georgia Justice for All Grant Recipient
In November 2016, Georgia 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 15, 2017, Georgia completed its Justice for All Strategic Action Plan and now looks forward to the implementation phase of the Initiative. Georgia convened a Justice for All Working Group divided into four smaller groups to assess components of Georgia’s Access to Justice ecosystem. Georgia’s plan includes a commitment to empowering religious leaders to connect members of the community with resources needed to address legal problems. The state aims to outfit law libraries with self-help resource centers where librarians can provide assistance and information, beginning with a pilot program in Albany, Georgia. The state will focus on creating statewide forms for legal proceedings that transcend local court differences. Georgia will also be working to increase awareness of limited scope representation.
This project is supported by the Public Welfare Foundation and housed at the National Center for State Courts.