Measuring Access to Justice

Every person seeking justice deserves a chance to be heard. Extraordinary efforts by courts, legal aid services, legislators and activists make that possible. The Justice Index presents, for the first time, clear and detailed pictures of the scope of the work being done and where more is needed.



The Justice Index is based on a research strategy developed at the NCAJ, and refined via consultation with a number of national experts on access to justice. Data points and other means of evaluation have been weighted in proportion to their importance in ensuring access to justice.


How You Can Help the Index Grow

The Justice Index is intended to be part of a conversation and we welcome your feedback on the results of our research, our choice of criteria and the weights we applied to each answer. As part of our initial introduction, we are inviting responsible officials in each state to contact us if they believe that the Justice Index contains inaccurate information or if they can provide answers that our researchers were not able to obtain. If we receive updated information prior to May 31, 2014 we will incorporate it into this iteration of the Index. Information provided after May 31, 2014 will be incorporated into Phase 2. Please contact us at