Code of the District of Columbia

Part A. Establishment of Program.


§ 4–1702.01. Access to Justice Initiative.

(a) The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants shall establish an Access to Justice Initiative program for the purpose of providing support to nonprofit organizations that deliver civil legal services to low-income and under-served District residents and providing loan-repayment assistance to lawyers working in eligible employment. The Initiative shall consist of the ATJ and LRAP programs.

(b) The provisions of this chapter shall be exempt from the requirements of part B of subchapter XII-A of Chapter 3 of Title 1 [§ 1-328.11 et seq.].


(Sept. 24, 2010, D.C. Law 18-223, § 201; as added Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 3002(b), 58 DCR 6226; Feb. 26, 2015, D.C. Law 20-155, § 3032(a), 61 DCR 9990; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 3042(b), 64 DCR 7652.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 4-1701.01 and § 4-1704.01.

Effect of Amendments

The 2015 amendment by D.C. Law 20-155 added (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3042(b) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3042(b) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3032(a) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-377, July 14, 2014, 61 DCR 7598, 20 STAT 3696).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3032(a) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-449, October 10, 2014, 61 DCR 10915, 20 STAT 4188).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3032(a) of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Support Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2014 (D.C. Act 20-566, January 9, 2015, 62 DCR 884, 21 STAT 541).


§ 4–1702.02. Financial audit and reporting requirements.

(a)(1) The Bar Foundation shall provide the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants with:

(A)(i) An annual financial audit of the ATJ program prepared by a certified public accountant licensed in the District of Columbia and carried out in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards. The audit may be conducted as part of the Bar Foundation’s annual audit.

(ii) The Bar Foundation may use a portion of funds allocated for reasonable administrative expenses pursuant to § 4-1703.01(b) to procure an audit of the ATJ program for the current or preceding fiscal year. The audit shall account for and reflect all interest associated with the grant funding. The audit may be conducted as part of the administrator’s annual audit.

(B) Twice-yearly programmatic reporting on the administration and performance of the ATJ program.

(2) The Bar Foundation shall not be required to provide access to information on subgrantee matters covered by attorney-client privilege or attorney work-product privilege or that includes confidences and secrets of clients assisted by civil legal-service providers that receive funds through the ATJ program.

(b)(1)(A) The Administrator for the LRAP shall provide to the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (or if the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants is acting as Administrator, the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants shall obtain) an annual financial audit of the LRAP prepared by a certified public accountant licensed in the District of Columbia and carried out in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.

(B) The Administrator may use a portion of funds allocated for reasonable administrative expenses pursuant to § 4-1704.01(c)(3) to procure an audit of the LRAP for the current or preceding fiscal year. The audit shall account for and reflect all interest associated with the grant funding.

(2) The Administrator shall provide semiannual programmatic reporting on the administration and performance of the LRAP.

(3) The Administrator shall not be required to provide (or if the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants is acting as Administrator, shall not release) information on subgrantee matters covered by attorney-client privilege or attorney work-product privilege or any information that includes confidences and secrets of clients assisted by lawyers participating in the LRAP.


(Sept. 24, 2010, D.C. Law 18-223, § 202; as added Sept. 14, 2011, D.C. Law 19-21, § 3002(b), 58 DCR 6226; Dec. 13, 2017, D.C. Law 22-33, § 3042(c), 64 DCR 7652.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3042(c) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-167, Oct. 24, 2017, 64 DCR 10802).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 3042(c) of Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-104, July 20, 2017, 64 DCR 7032).