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Access to Justice is an initiative announced in 2012 by the Illinois Supreme Court to improve access to the justice system. The Court formed the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and charged the Commission with promoting, facilitating and enhancing equal access to justice with an emphasis on access to the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies for all people, particularly the poor and vulnerable. Innovative projects will be proposed that will make the civil justice system more user-friendly and accessible for the growing number of people who are coming to the courts without lawyers. The Civil Justice Division within the Administrative Office has been charged with supporting the multi-dimensional initiatives to improve access to justice throughout the state.

The Illinois Supreme Court has set out a formal process for the development, review and approval of standardized forms in areas of law and practice where there is a high volume of self-represented litigants. The forms are more user-friendly and required to be accepted by all courts in the state. More...

Initiatives and Resources to assist the trial courts and ensure equal access to the Courts for individuals with language limitations, especially those with limited English proficiency. More...

Materials to assist the Courts and staff with interacting with self-represented litigants. More...

Resources to help self-represented litigants find legal information and locate free or low-cost legal help.

Resources for attorneys interested in offering Access to Justice services such as Pro Bono Services and Limited Scope Representation.

Civil Justice Division
Staff Contact Information

Danielle Hirsch, Assistant Director
312-793-2014 (phone)
312-793-0740 (fax)

Sophia Akbar, Language Access Services Specialist 
312-793-2013 (phone)
312-793-0740 (fax)

Samira Nazem, Self-Represented Litigant Services Specialist 
312-793-2305 (phone)
312-793-0740 (fax)

Alison D. Spanner, Forms
312-793-3859 (phone)
312-793-0740 (fax)

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The AOIC does not provide legal advice or attorney referrals for individual litigants. If you are a self-represented litigant looking for legal help, please click here.