Depending on the Kindness of Strangers: Access to Civil Justice in Canada

Legal Ethics, Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 373, 2014

Full text: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2385989

‘Abysmal’ was the word used to describe the accessibility of Canadian civil justice in a recent major report. Access to justice is simultaneously a social problem, a professional obligation for the legal profession, and a market opportunity for law firms. Are there any signs of significant progress on any of these fronts? This short Correspondent’s report will review recent Canadian efforts to connect people of modest means with the expert legal services they urgently need.