Investing in Justice: A Literature Review in Support of the Case for Improved Access

2019 Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Toronto, Canada

Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming

98 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2019

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Lisa Moore

Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

Trevor C. W. Farrow

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Date Written: August 2019

Abstract

The focus of this report is return on investment (ROI) and social return on investment (SROI) research in justice.

There is a growing access to justice crisis around the world. Notwithstanding the prevalence of legal problems in everyday life, people do not have adequate access to the justice information, resources and mechanisms that they need to navigate the complexities of law. This gap in access to justice negatively impacts everyone. It also comes with significant costs – to individuals and societies.

Complicating this global crisis is a lack of understanding of the nature, extent, costs and potential solutions of and for the access to justice problem.

In this report, we examine research on return on investment and social return on investment in justice, two particularly promising areas of study that offer insights on the monetary and non-monetary benefits to individuals, investors and the state of making justice more accessible.

Suggested Citation

Moore, Lisa and Farrow, Trevor C. W., Investing in Justice: A Literature Review in Support of the Case for Improved Access (August 2019). 2019 Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Toronto, Canada, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3474594

Lisa Moore

Canadian Forum on Civil Justice ( email )

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Trevor C. W. Farrow (Contact Author)

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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