Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride '81 is quoted in several publications announcing the formation of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice. The Illinois Supreme Court created the commission to enhance, facilitate and promote equal access to the state's civil courts and administrative agencies, and will focus its efforts on those who can't afford legal services.
Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride said in a statement that the idea for the commission came from the Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice, a joint project of the state and Chicago bar associations, as well as the Chicago Bar Foundation. It has worked with Illinois Legal Aid Online over the past six years to establish legal self-help centers throughout the state.
While the coalition and "several other groups have made important strides in ensuring access to justice to the justice system," Kilbride said "the Supreme Court believes much more remains to be done."