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Justice Initiatives Committee Jurisdiction

    Develop and recommend proposals for the effective delivery of high quality legal services in Michigan, equal and fair to all. This committee consists of several initiatives whose activities include

  • Analyzing and making recommendations for positions on proposed legislation, court rules, and other policies relevant to the committee's jurisdiction.
  • Developing policies and programs to benefit underserved populations, including juveniles and those with special needs.
  • Encouraging and coordinating free or discounted civil legal services.
  • Working to increase resources for civil legal aid programs.
  • Examining collateral civil consequences of criminal convictions and issues of adequate representation in the criminal justice system
  • Note: This committee may have more than 15 members

  • 2013-2014 Committee List PDF
  • Organizational Chart PDF
  • Initiative Rosters


Equal Access Initiative—Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts

This event is offered in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Meeting

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 9:00–10:30 a.m.
Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar's Annual Meeting page for more details.

The Michigan Supreme Court adopted language access court rules in September of 2013. All trial courts and communities in Michigan are actively working to implement the new rules. This program will review MCR 1.111, MCR 8.127, and the ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts. Interpreting demonstrations and best practice discussions are part of the program.


    The State Bar of Michigan supports many justice initiatives that help make available high-quality civil legal services to all Michigan citizens, assuring that the justice system is strong, equal, and fair in its application.

    The Committee on Justice Initiatives organized into 4 major areas:

      Criminal Issues Initiative—examines collateral civil consequences of criminal convictions and representational issues in the criminal justice system.

      Equal Access Initiative—develops policies and programs to benefit underserved populations, including those with special needs, cognitive disabilities, and juveniles.

      Justice Policy Initiative—analyzes and recommends positions on proposed legislation, court rules, and other policies relevant to the Justice Initiatives.

      Pro Bono Initiative—encourages and coordinates free or discounted fees for civil legal services. Pro bono service is a way that Michigan attorneys assist low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.


Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you found the information and resources helpful. Please note the Criminal Issues Initiative is not able to handle individual cases or requests, nor can we give legal advice. If you need information or assistance, please visit the State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Referral Service.



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