Chair Nadler Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Establish Office for Access to Justice

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), along with Representatives Fred Upton (R-MI), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), and Don Bacon (R-NE) introduced on July 19 the “Office for Access to Justice Establishment Act of 2021.” If enacted, the bill would establish an Office for Access to Justice within the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Office for Access to Justice would be charged with promoting and ensuring fair, equitable outcomes within the criminal-legal system. The bill would officially authorize the Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable to promote access to legal aid in civil cases and develop federal recommendations to further the goals of the Office for Access to Justice.

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