Individual and Public Costs of Everyday Legal Problems

This paper, based on the findings of a 2014 national survey of over 3000 respondents, examines the research on legal costs, both for the individual and for institutions that receive public funding such as legal aid organizations and courts. The survey found that 50 per cent of adult Canadians will experience at least one legal problem they find difficult to solve within a three year period. Respondents were asked questions about monetary costs they incurred trying to solve legal problems, as well as the intangible costs associated with legal problems in terms of physical health, high levels of stress and emotional problems and security issues due to loss of employment or housing.