Access to Justice
The Center for Court Innovation seeks to improve access to justice for low-income individuals in numerous ways, including partnering with civil legal service providers, providing free access to legal information, helping those with limited English proficiency, assisting parents in child support cases, rethinking housing court, and testing alternative forms of conflict resolution.
Launched in September 2015 in partnership with the New York State Unified Court System, New York City Human Resources Administration, and Robin Hood Foundation, Poverty Justice Solutions seeks to close the justice gap by expanding the pool of attorneys available to represent indigent New Yorkers in Housing Court.
Peacemaking is a traditional Native American approach to justice that focuses on healing and restoration. It provides an alternative form of dispute resolution for cases and conflicts that might otherwise go to court.
In Harlem and Red Hook, the Center is testing a problem-solving approach to housing conflicts that emphasizes support and information for unrepresented litigants and increased access to legal services.