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A Tool for Justice: A Cost Benefit Analysis of Legal Aid

This report canvasses the results of more than 50 cost and benefit studies of legal aid programs from around the world, including Canada, to identify the role of publicly-funded legal services vis a vis economic growth. The report concludes that “improving legal aid services is as important for economic growth as providing functioning hospitals, schools […]

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English

Produced by:

The World Bank

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Community Justice Help: Advancing Community-Based Access to Justice

This report proposes a framework for “community justice help” that discusses the core principles behind good-quality community justice help and offers markers of good quality. The draft framework has been informed by recent research conducted by CLEO and the uOttawa Faculty of Law into how community workers and other trusted intermediaries can be better supported […]

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English

Produced by:

UOttawa Faculty of Law

Author(s):

Mathews, Julie; Wiseman, David

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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

This literature review by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice focuses on the cost to individuals and society resulting from the gap in access to civil justice. The researchers reviewed data from 50 countries around the world. The report offers case studies on legal aid funding in Australia, England and Wales, as well as the use […]

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English

Author(s):

Farrow, Trevor C.W.; Moore, Lisa

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Law… What is it Good For? How People see the Law, Lawyers and Courts in Australia

This report explores findings from an Australian study canvassing people’s attitudes to the relevance of the law and lawyers in various everyday scenarios. In particular, the study and report measure: how accessible people feel courts and lawyers are how confident they are when faced with legal issues to what extent people recognise law as relevant […]

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English

Author(s):

Balmer, Nigel J.; Pleasance, Pascoe; Hagland, Tenielle; McRae, Cosima

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Narrowing the Access-to-Justice Gap by Reimagining Regulation Report and Recommendations from the Utah Work Group on Regulatory Reform

This U.S. report outlines the findings of a task force on lawyer regulatory change in the State of Utah. The task force recommends that Utah  significantly loosen, or possibly repeal, a state bar rule prohibiting law firms and other legal services operations from sharing fees with non-lawyers. Such a move would make it easier for […]

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English

Author(s):

The Utah Work Group on Regulatory Reform

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Using the law to address unfair systems: a case study of the Personal Independence Payments legal challenge

This UK research explores the litigation process in a successful 2017 case brought by a disability claimant and led by the Public Law Project (PLP) to challenge discriminatory changes to a disability benefit “personal independence payments” (PIPs) at the end of 2017. The legal challenge resulted in changing the assessment criteria for PIPs for thousands […]

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English

Author(s):

Vanhala, Lisa; Kinghan, Jacqui

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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What Makes Court Forms Complex? Studying Empirical Support for a Functional Literacy Approach

This article describes an empirical study examining the complexity of court forms. The researchers obtained direct feedback from individuals without legal training who were attempting to complete a standard court form. The researchers conclude that “using a functional literacy approach, coupled with robust human testing, generates useful insights about court-form complexity that will facilitate the […]

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English

Produced by:

University of Ottawa

Author(s):

Salyzyn, Amy; Burkell, Jacquelyn; Costain, Emma; Piva, Brandon

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Cost of Justice Survey Data

This report contains comprehensive data from a national random sample telephone survey of over 3,000 Canadians conducted by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice in 2013-2014. According to the researchers, “the purpose of the study was to examine the nation’s experience with the justice system, and in particular, the kinds, methods of dealing with, and costs […]

Available in:

English

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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The Law Foundation of Ontario Connecting Region: Final Evaluation Report

This report summarizes the findings of an evaluation commissioned by the Law Foundation of Ontario on three projects they funded to help build the capacity of community workers to support people with legal problems. The projects aimed to improve access to justice for people who do not speak English or French, or who live in […]

Available in:

English

Produced by:

CAP Consulting

Author(s):

Alcalde, Judit; Hayward, Karen

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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2017 Justice Gap Report: Measuring the Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans

This report is an attempt to help measure the justice gap – the difference between civil legal needs of low-income Americans and their financial ability to meet those needs in 2017. Approximately 2,000 low-income adults were surveyed. Some of the findings in the report: “In the past year, 86% of the civil legal problems reported […]

Available in:

English

Author(s):

Legal Services Corporation

Produced/Updated In:

2017