Access to Justice: Is Legal Services Regulation Blocking the Path?

27 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2013 Last revised: 30 Aug 2014

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Noel Semple

University of Windsor Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 30, 2013

Abstract

High prices and lack of innovation have placed expert legal services beyond the reach of too many Americans and Canadians. Is legal services regulation exacerbating common law North America’s access to justice problem? Does regulatory maintenance of a unified legal profession, and insulation of that profession from non-lawyer influence, make it more difficult for people here to meet their legal needs? This article argues that, although regulatory liberalization is not a magic bullet for the accessibility of justice, there is strong evidence of a link between regulation and access. North American lawyer regulators need to understand, and work to reduce, the effects of their policies on the accessibility of justice.

Keywords: Access to Justice, Legal Services Regulation

Suggested Citation

Semple, Noel, Access to Justice: Is Legal Services Regulation Blocking the Path? (July 30, 2013). International Journal of the Legal Profession, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2303987 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2303987

Noel Semple (Contact Author)

University of Windsor Faculty of Law ( email )

401 Sunset Ave.
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Canada

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