The Civil Justice Research
Initiative explores, through interdisciplinary, academically-based
and independent research, how the civil justice system can be made
more available to everyone seeking relief.


Rank of the united States among 113 countries in “accessibility and affordability of civil justice.”


Number of people in the United States living with civil justice problems, many involving basic human needs like housing, health care and custody of their children.


The percent of the civil legal problems reported by low income Americans for which they received inadequate or no legal help.


Federal Court Records Users Could See $100 Million in Refunds

A proposed settlement would end class action litigation over overcharging for court files. Read the news here. 


Symposium on the Sex Abuse Litigation, Thursday, February 29,  4 – 5:30 P.M. (Berkeley Law)

This in-person short symposium on the sex abuse litigation will feature presentations from two leading sex abuse litigation practitioners, Ray Boucher and John Manly, with two leading scholars on the legal profession, Laura Beth Nielsen (Northwestern) and Robert Nelson (American Bar Foundation). Cosponsored with the Berkeley Center for Law and Society.


Civil Litigation as a Tool in a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence

The Civil Justice Research Initiative recently published a report Civil Litigation as a Tool in a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence, authored by Robert S. Peck, Jonathan Corn, and Sanjana Manjeshwar. Read the paper here.