What Is Access to Justice?
Julia Bass, W.A. Bogart and Frederick H. Zemans, eds. Access to Justice for a New Century: The Way Forward (Toronto: Law Society of Upper Canada, 2005) 113-46
18 Pages Posted: 25 May 2013
Date Written: 2005
The author explores how Aboriginality, racialization, gender, disability, class, and sexual identity may affect one's ability to obtain justice in the Canadian legal system. The Canadian justice system has historically given disproportionate access to white, non-immigrant, able-bodied, affluent men while marginalizing others. Today, Canadians would prefer to forget our history of discriminatory laws and practices, impeding compensation and change that would benefit marginalized groups. As a result, historically marginalized groups have less access to knowledge and power in our justice system, and continue to be underrepresented in politics, in the legal profession, and in the judiciary. The article suggests mechanisms to make our legal system more representative of Canada's population.
Keywords: Aboriginal, race, class, sex, gender, disability, sexual, identity, justice, Canada, Canadian, law, legal, system, immigrant, equality, history, historical, Backhouse, discrimination, discriminatory, access, justice, policy, inequality, power
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