Access to Justice Commission

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE AND CANNOT REPLACE THE ADVICE OF A LAWYER. This page provides legal information and resources only.

The Montana Supreme Court established the Access to Justice Commission (ATJC) on May 22, 2012.  The purpose of the Montana Access to Justice Commission is to develop, coordinate, and implement initiatives to expand access to and enhance the quality of justice in civil legal matters. 

CORE VALUES 

As members of the Montana Access to Justice Commission, we believe:

ACCESS 

Access to justice depends on the availability of affordable legal information and services, including assistance and representation when needed.

Barriers to access to justice must be prevented, removed, or reduced. 

Court users should have access to justice through full participation in the judicial process, regardless of their socio-economic status, English language proficiency, cultural background, legal representation status, or other circumstances.  

COORDINATION 

A coordinated and comprehensive statewide system for delivering legal services must be maintained. The justice system must collaborate with other persons, professions, and organizations to meet the legal and law-related needs of the public. 

EDUCATION

Public legal education must be provided to create and sustain an informed and empowered public and to build broad support for access to justice. 

Public awareness of the importance of civil legal services is needed to expand justice.

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT 

Access to justice requires adequate funding, resources, and support.

Adequate and sustained public and private funding, resources, and support must be provided to assure access to justice for low-and moderate income and other vulnerable persons.

Member Name Representing Expiration of Term
Melissa Schlichting Office of the Attorney General 30-Sep-2021
Rep. Kim Dudik Montana House of Representatives 30-Sep-2020
Senator Terry Gauthier Montana Senate 30-Sep-2020
Justice Beth Baker Montana Supreme Court Justice 30-Sep-2021
Hon. Leslie Halligan District Court Judge 30-Sep-2020
Hon. John Kutzman District Court Judge 30-Sep-2021
Hon. David A. Carter Court of Limited Jurisdiction Judge 30-Sep-2020
Rick Cook Clerk of a District Court 30-Sep-2020
Hon. Stacie Smith Montana-Wyoming Tribal Judges Association 30-Sep-2019
Kyle Nelson Montana Justice Foundation 30-Sep-2019
Alison Paul Montana Legal Services Association 30-Sep-2019
Dan McLean State Bar of Montana 30-Sep-2019
Paul F. Kirgis University of Montana School of Law 30-Sep-2021
Ed Bartlett Business/communications leader 30-Sep-2021
Aimee Grmoljez Business/communications leader 30-Sep-2020
Melanie Reynolds Representative of organizations working with low-income individuals 30-Sep-2021
Georgette Boggio Representative of Native American communities 30-Sep-2019
Katy Lovell Aging Services Bureau 30-Sep-2019

Informational Brochure

Forum Series Video

Forum Series Report

Forum locations and dates:

Kalispell - Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Great Falls - Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

Billings - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Missoula - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

AF 11--765

Order - (9-15-2015) IN RE THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

Order - (2-3-2015) IN RE THE APPOINTMENT OF A MEMBER OF THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

Order - (12-2-2014) IN RE THE APPOINTMENT OF A MEMBER OF THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

Order - (4-22-2014) IN RE THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

Order - (2-18-2014) IN RE THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

Order - (12-3-2014) IN RE THE RECOMMENDATION REGARDING A PRO BONO REQUIREMENT FOR ADMISSION TO THE MONTANA BAR

Order - (11-26-2014) IN RE THE RECOMMENDATION REGARDING A PRO BONO REQUIREMENT FOR ADMISSION TO THE MONTANA BAR

Order - (11-15-2014) IN RE THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

Order - (7-3-2013) IN RE THE RECOMMENDATION REGARDING A PRO BONO REQUIREMENT FOR ADMISSION TO THE MONTANA BAR

Order - (10-9-2012) IN RE THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

Order - (9-18-2012) IN RE THE APPOINTMENT OF THE INITIAL MEMBERS OF THE ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

Order - (5-22-2012) IN RE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION

The Access to Justice Commission is proposing a bill to the 2019 Montana Legislature that would use some court filing fees to improve court efficiency and effectiveness by providing legal information and assistance to ordinary Montanans who cannot afford an attorney to help with their civil legal problems.