The Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Inc. (JLAP) serves the public, the Bar, and the profession by assisting on a confidential basis, lawyers or judges whose professional impairment may result from alcohol, drug abuse or mental illness. JLAP is first and foremost an absolutely confidential method of providing help to an impaired lawyer or judge. By statute and Supreme Court Rule, any information received by the JLAP director or committee members must remain absolutely confidential.
By carrying out its mission to provide assistance to impaired lawyers and judges, JLAP also serves the public by reducing the damage that can be visited upon the public by a lawyer or judge who has become impaired by a mental health issue. As such, JLAP serves both the profession and the public.