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.

2017 Pro Bono Report
2016 Pro Bono Report

2015 Pro Bono Report

2014 Pro Bono Report

2013 Pro Bono Report
2012 Pro Bono Report

2018 Strategic Plan
2016 Strategic Plan

2014 Strategic Plan
2012 Strategic Plan
 2010 Strategic Plan

December 12, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed three new members to serve on the Access to Justice Commission beginning on April 1, 2020.  The three new members are Monty Burks, Ph.D., Amber D. Floyd...
December 2, 2019
The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed J. William “Bill” Coley to serve as the next Chair of its Access to Justice Commission. Coley joined the Commission in 2016 and has led the Commission’s...
August 2, 2019
The Administrative Office of the Courts has approximately $125,000 in grant funding available for the development or continuation of initiatives that will address the needs of never-married, self-...
April 17, 2019
April is a special month for proponents and practitioners of pro bono legal services in Tennessee. It is the time each year when the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission and its...
December 4, 2018
The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission has released its annual report detailing the pro bono legal service reported by attorneys, bar associations, law firms, law schools, legal...
October 24, 2018
Tennessee’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) recently received $200,000 in federal funding to establish a new community court serving offenders in early adulthood.The C.A.R.E. (Creating...
October 15, 2018
The Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance, a project of the Tennessee Supreme Court, will be hosting its second annual statewide Pro Bono & Faith Days (#PBFDays) in October 2018. October is...
September 21, 2018
Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Frank W. Drowota III and Memphis attorney Amber Floyd were announced as the winners of the 2018 Janice M. Holder Award at the Tennessee Alliance for Legal...
August 3, 2018
The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission has released its fifth strategic plan, covering 2018 through 2020, for improving access to justice in Tennessee.  The plan furthers the...
May 16, 2018
Ten years ago, the Tennessee Supreme Court made access to justice its top strategic priority, and over the years one thing has become abundantly clear: improving access to legal services in Tennessee...

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

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

Anne-Louise Wirthlin
Access to Justice Coordinator