Improving access to justice: community-based solutions

Selita, Fatos. 2019. Improving access to justice: community-based solutions. Asian Journal of Legal Education, 6(1-2), pp. 83-90. ISSN 2322-0058 [Article]

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Inaccessibility to justice is a major issue internationally, and in some countries access to justice has decreased in recent years. For example, the growth of inequality and decline of state support have left access to justice in the UK and the US in a worst state in decades. There is therefore an urgent need to find solutions to protect peoples’ rights. This paper outlines key issues of access to justice, and identifies a number of solutions - from grass-root efforts to organizational changes. The paper highlights the importance of community-based solutions, such as mass pro bono contributions from individuals, law service providers and other organizations. It also proposes, as a key solution, making legal professions more representative of societies, and calls for law schools and legal regulators to take the required steps. Another important contributor to improved access to justice is promotion of pro bono work by all lawyers and law organizations at own initiative. The paper also discusses enhancing existing law degrees with additional topics on Access to Justice, to help students gain an objective picture of the realities of the legal system; and on Individual Differences, to benefit from latest interdisciplinary science. Community-based solutions provide stability even in times of difficult economic circumstances and political turbulence, and therefore are relevant to all societies.

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access to justice, access to legal profession, representative legal profession, consequences of inequality, community-based solutions, grassroot solutions, pro bono work

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16 May 2019Accepted
31 July 2019Published

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22 Jul 2019 09:43

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10 Jun 2021 07:55

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