The reviews, collectively called the “Justice Index”, ranked states according to the number of legal aid attorneys available as well as the information known about about filing complaints or requesting accommodations and if they were were readily available on the judiciary website of each state.
The ranking also put into consideration if the states specify whether service animals were allowed in court, and if people with disabilities could be charged for the services of sign language interpreters, as well as a number of other issues.
Among the states, Tennessee, Minnesota, Maine, Hawaii, Connecticut and Colorado were those that received perfect scores; while Idaho, Georgia, Missouri, and Wyoming were at the bottom five of the index, for garnering low scores. Indiana received the lowest score and came in as dead last in the ranking.
“Justice Index” was gathered together with the help of law students at the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and several law firms. The reviews were organized to evaluate the accessibility of courts to individuals with disabilities, as well as other undeserved groups, in all states across the country.