How to Measure the Price and Quality of Access to Justice?

24 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2006

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Maurits Barendrecht

Tilburg Law School; HiiL Innovating Justice

José Mulder

University of Amsterdam - SEO Economic Research

Ivo Giesen

Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law; Utrecht University School of Law (the Netherlands)

Date Written: November 2006

Abstract

Citizens need access to a private or public mechanism that induces government officials and other citizens to respect their rights. They need 'paths to justice'. Walking these paths is costly. Disputants, for instance, spend money, time and effort when they bring their case forward in negotiations, in a court action, or in other dispute resolution procedures. In this paper, which presents the first results of a project aimed at developing tools for measuring access to justice, we explore how the price and quality of access to justice can be determined. We identify the issues that have to be resolved, and select a number of options to deal with these issues. Furthermore, we explore some of the difficulties that will arise during the development of an actual measurement framework.

Keywords: access to justice, procedure, dispute resolution

JEL Classification: D63, D73, D74, K40, K41, K42, O17

Suggested Citation

Barendrecht, Maurits and Mulder, José and Giesen, Ivo, How to Measure the Price and Quality of Access to Justice? (November 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=949209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.949209

Maurits Barendrecht (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law School ( email )

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HiiL Innovating Justice ( email )

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José Mulder

University of Amsterdam - SEO Economic Research ( email )

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Ivo Giesen

Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability Law ( email )

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Netherlands
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Utrecht University School of Law (the Netherlands) ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

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