The Cost of Seeking Civil Justice in Canada
(2016), Canadian Bar Review, Vol. 93.3, pp. 639-673
33 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2015 Last revised: 21 May 2016
Date Written: June 10, 2015
How much does it cost individual Canadians to seek civil justice? This article compiles empirical data about the monetary, temporal, and psychological costs confronting individual justice-seekers in this country. The article suggests that analysis of private costs can improve access to justice in two ways. First, it can help public sector policy-makers to reduce these costs. Second, it can help lawyers and entrepreneurs to identify new, affordable ways to reduce the costs that are most onerous to individuals with different types of civil legal need.
Keywords: Access to justice; empirical legal studies; legal profession; civil justice system
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