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What Is Civil Justice?

23 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2011  

Jason M. Solomon

Stanford Law School

Date Written: April, 14 2011


This Article first explores the meaning of the term “civil justice” as it is used in both academic and popular discourse. It then examines the idea of civil justice by looking at three key examples: (1) the U.S. tort system (specifically governing auto accidents); (2) the no-fault regimes of New Zealand, U.S. workers’ compensation, and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund; and (3) the phenomenon of apologies, instead of compensation, as remedies in medical malpractice cases. The Article concludes that an important component of civil justice is the ability of a person to hold accountable one who has wronged her.

Keywords: civil justice, torts, apology, malpractice, no-fault

Suggested Citation

Solomon, Jason M., What Is Civil Justice? (April, 14 2011). William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-96; Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN:

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