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Arizona's top judge appoints commission to make recommendations on access to justice

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PHOENIX — A new commission will make recommendations on ways to improve access to justice, including use of Arizona's legal system and obtaining legal representation.

Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales ordered the formation of the Commission on Access to Justice, naming Court of Appeals Judge Lawrence Winthrop as its chairman.

Other members include lower court judges, court officials and legal aid providers.

Bales set initial priorities that include helping people representing themselves in legal matters to get access and fair processing of family court and eviction cases. Another is encouraging law firms to provide free legal services or financial support for legal aid.

Winthrop says he also hopes to encourage more business involvement. He says a business can suffer when an employee is burdened by dealing with a legal matter.

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