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. 


Conversations on Civil Justice: The Civil Justice Crisis in Housing Cases

An average day in a typical housing court will see about 97% of tenants appearing without a lawyer while an average 81% of landlords have legal representation. What are the implications of this gross inequity for the civil justice system as a whole? How are courts dealing with the crisis? And what steps might be taken to address it? Please join us for a discussion of the issues with the CJRI’s Richard Jolly (Professor at Southwestern Law); John Pollock, Coordinator of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel; and Meghan Gordon, Housing Director for the East Bay Community Law Center.

Friday, April 7, 2023


Medical Legal Partnerships in Asylum Cases

The Civil Justice Research Initiative recently published a report Medical Legal Partnerships in Asylum Cases, authored by Anjali Niyogi, Hiroko Kusuda and Serena Chaudhry.  Read the paper here.