Nevada Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission
Nevada Supreme Court Rule 15 (SCR 15) provides for the creation of the Nevada Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and provides that the purpose of the Access to Justice Commission shall be to:
- Assess current and future needs for civil legal services for persons of limited means in Nevada.
- Develop statewide policies designed to support and improve the delivery of legal services.
- Improve self-help services and opportunities for proper person litigants and increase pro bono activities.
- Develop programs to increase public awareness of the impact that limited access to justice has on other government services and on society.
- Investigate the availability of and pursue increased public and private financing to support legal services organizations and other efforts to provide legal services to persons of limited means.
- Recommend legislation or rules affecting access to justice to the supreme court.
“…this court agrees with the petition’s allegations regarding the importance of access to justice in a democratic society; the lack of sufficient access to justice for thousands of Nevada citizens of limited means despite the efforts of numerous public and private organizations, attorneys, and other individuals; the critical need for statewide strategic planning and coordination of efforts to expand services and improve access to justice; and the effectiveness of supreme court commissions on access to justice created in other jurisdictions to respond to similar challenges…it therefore appears to this court that amendment of the Supreme Court Rules is warranted to establish a permanent Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice….”