“There is nothing more important to the stability and welfare of our country than our justice system. Critical to the proper functioning of the judicial system is the public’s confidence in and respect for it. We have the chance to see that the needy are provided with the legal services they need, a goal that I strongly believe is critical to the maintenance of the public’s confidence in and respect for our justice system.”
– Honorable John A. Sutro, Jr., Retired, Legal Services Trust Fund Commission Member

About the Campaign

The Justice Gap Fund

The Justice Gap Fund collects voluntary contributions that are distributed by the State Bar of California's Legal Services Trust Fund Program to legal aid organizations statewide. The donations received through the Justice Gap Fund are combined with revenue from Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and distributed on a formulaic basis to all California legal aid organizations that qualify for grant funding. These funds help support free civil legal services for low-income Californians. Legal services for the indigent are a critical component of the justice system, helping to improve trust and confidence in the court system, and facilitating fair conflict resolution for unrepresented litigants.

The need for voluntary contributions through the Justice Gap Fund has never been greater. IOLTA funding for legal services decreased more than 75 percent over the last five years as a result of historic low interest rates, and state and federal budget cuts decreased the amount of direct funding available to legal aid organizations. At the same time, an additional one million victims of the economy became eligible for free legal services when the number of Californians living below the poverty line climbed to nearly 7.5 million. More than half of those seeking help who are financially eligible for free civil legal services continue to be turned away because of the lack of resources.

All California bar members can choose to contribute voluntarily to the Justice Gap Fund through their annual member fee statement (mailed Dec. 1) or year-round through the Campaign for Justice website. You may also donate by check payable to The State Bar of California, c/o the Justice Gap Fund, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Contributions are tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law.

Visit Campaign Tools to find outreach materials and other resources to help spread the word, and increase contributions to the Justice Gap Fund and legal aid organizations throughout California. For more information, email

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