Equal Access to Justice Resources

Legal resources needs of low and moderate-income North Carolinians.


Members and staff of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission and leaders in the access to justice community are available to speak to your professional, civic, community, church, school, or other group. The North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission frequently coordinates speaking engagements on the following topics: the work of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission, access to justice programs in North Carolina, Rule 6.1 and pro bono, civil legal aid in North Carolina, the legal needs of low and moderate-income North Carolinians, funding issues, and more.

If you are interested in hosting a speaker at an upcoming event, please contact Jared S. Smith, Programming and Engagement Associate.

Commission Materials and Reports

Access to Justice GlossaryFind commonly used terms in the legal aid and access to justice community nationally and in North Carolina.

Legal Aid Fact SheetsCivil legal aid helps our most vulnerable citizens gain access to justice. Below are links to factsheets about the impact of civil legal aid, which have been created by the Commission in coordination with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Pisgah Legal Services, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (formerly known as Legal Services of Southern Piedmont), and North Carolina Legal Education Assistance Foundation.

Resource IndexCivil legal aid organizations across the state provide services in a range of geographic and substantive areas. For individuals seeking civil legal assistance or to make a referral for social services clients or constituents, this resource index details eligibility, the work that each organization does, and the geographic limitations of each provider organization that is a member of the Equal Justice Alliance, a coalition of legal aid providers across the state.

Legal Aid Economic Impact Study A report from the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission, A 108% Return on Investment: The Economic Impact to the State of North Carolina of Civil Legal Services in 2012, finds the work of legal services providers across the state generated $48,775,276 in economic impact in 2012.  Impact includes (1) direct economic benefits received on behalf of clients for example, food stamps, supplemental security and social security disability, welfare assistance, and tax-related awards, (2) indirect economic impact felt by the state and local economies on account of direct benefits received, and (3) cost savings to the state and local economies due to the advocacy of providers in domestic violence, foreclosure, and eviction prevention.  For more information, read the full report and executive summary by following the links below.

Cy Pres ManualThe use of the Cy Pres Doctrine in class action settlements allows the court to distribute unclaimed and residual funds to charitable organizations that have a positive connection to either the case itself or the class. The distribution of funds to legal aid providers can also occur through mediation, arbitration, and settlement agreements. These strategies, along with Cy Pres awards, can be valuable sources of funding for legal aid providers. The Cy Pres and Other Court Awards Manual outlines strategies and analyzes court awards to educate judges and attorneys regarding the importance of such awards to legal aid organizations. The manual includes information on different types of court awards, tips for structuring award agreements, examples of awards, and a primer on how to structure a Cy Pres settlement.