- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court is formalizing services to improve access to the judicial system, particularly for low-income people.

The court announced Monday it has created the Civil Justice Division within the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. It elevates the work of the Access to Justice Commission which the court created in 2012.

The commission is made up of volunteers who have taken steps to improve access to the courts for non-native English speakers.

Chief Justice Rita Garman says the move makes the access to justice initiative “more fully integrated into the court’s larger efforts.”

Garman also named Timothy Kelly of Bloomington as the next chairman of the Access to Justice Commission.

The commission has suggested court rule-changes to ensure non-English speakers and low-income litigants are fairly heard in court.

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