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Access to Justice Program

The Commission accomplishes its work through working groups composed of commissioners and interested parties. These working groups include:

Pro Bono Working Group  

Responsible for statewide planning, recruiting pro bono attorneys, and coordinating efforts with the State Bar of New Mexico, local judicial district pro bono working groups, and legal aid providers around the state. Also works to find innovative ways to expand legal services, such as working with the Rules Group to change practice rules to allow and promote discrete task representation so that lawyers can provide limited service to otherwise self-represented litigants.

System Planning Working Group

Responsible for the creation, implementation and ongoing development of a State Plan for the Provision of Legal Services to Low-Income New Mexicans that reduces barriers to their access to justice, ensures appropriate services are maximally available, guides allocation of resources, and provides accountability

Outreach and Development Working Group

Responsible for public education and communications to increase understanding of civil legal aid and access to justice issues, as well as identifying sources of support for the Commission’s efforts

Legislation and Rules Working Group

Responsible for developing proposals for amendments to court rules and legislation as directed by the Commission to improve access to justice for low-income individuals

Self-Represented Working Group

Identifies and recommends methods and resources to increase access to judicial processes and justice for self-represented litigants

Technology Working Group  

Identifies and recommends effective uses of technology to enhance the delivery of legal services through the adoption of appropriate and flexible new technological initiatives in service delivery, rural access, entry and intake, and professional development