Illinois justices: Improve access to court system

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court is throwing its weight behind attempts to make the justice system more accessible to people, no matter what their income or location.

The court announced Wednesday that it's creating an "Access to Justice Commission" to look for ways of overcoming hurdles that keep some people from getting their day in court.

Those hurdles range from the cost and complexity of filing cases to the long distances some people must travel to reach courthouses in downstate Illinois.

The commission is supposed to work with groups like the Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice that are already addressing the issue.

Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride says the goal is "to make access to justice a high priority" for the entire legal system.

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