Kentucky is one of nearly two dozen states where supreme courts have formed Access to Justice Commissions to engage the judiciary in delivering civil legal aid to low-income citizens.
Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced the creation of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission in 2010. He was joined by Justice Bill Cunningham, the Supreme Court of Kentucky liaison on the commission, and Judge Roger L. Crittenden (ret.), chair of the commission.
- Identify the needs of the legal services community in providing civil legal services to the poor.
- Create a statewide plan to deliver the civil legal services.
- Develop strategies to increase resources and funding for the civil legal services.
The Kentucky Access to Justice Commission has been formed by an order of the Supreme Court of Kentucky.
The need for civil legal aid in Kentucky is great and continues to grow. Kentucky Legal Aid receives 4,000 calls a month requesting legal help and closes about 24,000 cases each year, which provides critical assistance to 68,000 low-income families and children who have nowhere else to turn for help. About 55 percent of the people who apply and are eligible for civil legal aid services are turned away because of lack of resources.