Equal Access to Justice Act [EAJA] Law and Legal Definition

The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) was enacted in 1980. The Act makes a provision which allows the courts and its agencies to award costs and fees to parties who succeed in litigation against the federal government. The Act also provides for the payment of attorney’s and expert witness fees. The Act, at times grants an award in cases where there does not exist a specific statute which provides for a fee award.