Access to Justice

Contrary to popular belief, people are not guaranteed access to an attorney when they encounter civil legal issues. As a result, people who cannot afford an attorney are left to handle a variety of legal issues on their own.

In response to this growing problem, the Tennessee Supreme Court made access to justice its number one strategic priority and formally announced their Access to Justice Initiative in December 2008.

In April 2009, the Supreme Court formed the 10-member Access to Justice Commission.

2014 Pro Bono Report
2013 Pro Bono Report
2012 Pro Bono Report

2014 Strategic Plan
2012 Strategic Plan
 2010 Strategic Plan

September 21, 2016
From the Chattanooga Times Free PressThe city of Chattanooga on Monday launched a website aimed at helping people with criminal histories regain the right to vote and expunge their records.The...
September 9, 2016
All five Tennessee justices were honored at the annual Knoxville Bar Association Supreme Court Dinner.The Court recognized 54 attorneys from the Knoxville area on the Attorney for Justice Pro Bono...
August 30, 2016
Chief Justice Sharon Lee recently presented the Tennessee Supreme Court’s initiatives to Chief Justices from supreme courts across the country at the National Conference of Chief Justices during...
August 25, 2016
The 10-year anniversary committee of the Justice A.A. Birch Building will dedicate a statue of Chief Justice A. A. Birch, Jr. a state Supreme Court judge, who served 37 years as a judicial stalwart,...
August 17, 2016
The 2016 edition of the Criminal Justice Handbook is now available from the Administrative Office of the Courts. The handbook contains more than 600 pages of Tennessee criminal statutes and court...
August 10, 2016
An expungement clinic in Davidson County attracted several hundred people hoping to clear criminal records that can present obstacles to getting jobs, homes or other opportunities.The event was held...
August 5, 2016
The Eastern Grand Division of the Tennessee Appellate Courts will hold a blood drive on Wednesday, August 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the courthouse at 505 Main Street in downtown Knoxville.Anyone is...
August 4, 2016
Kirsten Jacobson, a 2016 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, was recently awarded a competitive, two-year postgraduate fellowship by the nonprofit Equal Justice Works, whose...
August 3, 2016
More than $75,000 has been donated by Tennessee attorneys to organizations that serve low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.The donations come as part of the annual registration process...

Justice for All Website

As part of the Supreme Court's Access to Justice initiative, the Court has launched a website with forms, information and other resources for people who need legal assistance and attorneys and community members who wish to volunteer. Click the button above or visit JusticeForAllTN.com.

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Contact

For more information about the Acess to Justice program, please contact:

Anne-Louise Wirthlin
Access to Justice Coordinator
615-741-2687
anne.louise.wirthlin@tncourts.gov