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.

2018 Pro Bono Report
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2016 Pro Bono Report

2015 Pro Bono Report

2014 Pro Bono Report

2013 Pro Bono Report
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2020 Strategic Plan
2018 Strategic Plan
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2010 Strategic Plan

November 18, 2021
The Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission joins countless others in the legal and equal justice communities in mourning the loss of Sean A. Hunt. Hunt was initially appointed to the...
September 9, 2021
The Tennessee Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts, Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, and the Tennessee Housing...
May 18, 2021
Medical debt is an unwelcome burden with lasting repercussions for millions of Americans each year. Thankfully, the Hamilton County General Sessions Court is at the forefront of a new program that...
May 14, 2021
Children in foster care face a number of unique challenges as they navigate the educational system. For one thing, they are much more likely to suffer the residual effects of past trauma. They are...
May 5, 2021
The Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance recently held a webinar educating Tennessee faith leaders on how they can help in the fight against sexual assault. Henry County General Sessions and Juvenile...
April 28, 2021
ATJ Commission and Partners Unite for Communities in NeedThe Tennessee equal justice community continues to provide opportunities for Tennesseans to connect to civil legal help throughout the month...
April 19, 2021
Savannah Flowers Quintero has joined the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts as its new Pro Bono Coordinator. Quintero comes to the AOC from the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and...
April 15, 2021
Uniting for Communities in NeedThe Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission has kicked off its annual Help4TNMonth celebration in April to provide much-needed access to civil legal...
April 1, 2021
The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed McKenna Cox of Johnson City as an Access To Justice Commission Member for a three-year term, beginning April 1, 2021. Ms. Cox is a partner at Herndon,...
December 10, 2020
The Tennessee Supreme Court has approved an innovative Alternative Dispute Resolution Plan prepared by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (ADRC) to assist courts facing a backlog of civil...

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