This article shares observations made during an experimental community-led design project undertaken to identify promising new solutions for civil justice services which low-income Escambia County residents could easily use. The Florida Bar Foundation-funded project generated three new initiatives that were prototyped, filed tested, and prepared for continuation. The Escambia Project ultimately engaged more than 100 community members and relied on the support of dozens of local volunteers and organizations. All three initiatives have been adopted by the local legal aid program partner or the community and continue in some form. The article also contains lessons learned and recommendations for how community-led participatory design could help transform the justice system.

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