The Justice Crisis: The Cost and Value of Accessing Law
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Sales Date: 2021-05-01
Published: May 2021
368 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.95 in, 26 charts, 19 tables
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Unfulfilled legal needs are at a tipping point in many parts of the Canadian justice system and around the world. The Justice Crisis assesses what is and isn’t working in an effort to improve a fundamental right of democratic citizenship: access to civil and family justice.
Meaningful access is often a question of providing pathways to resolving everyday legal issues. The availability of justice services that aren’t only tied to the courts and lawyers – such as public education on the law, alternative dispute settlement, and paralegal support – is therefore an important concern.
Contributors to this wide-ranging overview of new empirical research address several key justice issues: the extent and cost of unmet legal needs; the role of public funding; connections between legal and social exclusion among vulnerable populations; the value of new legal pathways; the provision of justice services beyond the courts and lawyers; and the need for a culture change within the justice system. Their findings can inform initiatives to improve access to justice within the Canadian system and beyond.
- Walter Owen Book Prize, The Canadian Foundation for Legal Research