Access to what?

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The access-to-justice crisis is bigger than law and lawyers. It is a crisis of exclusion and inequality. Today, access to justice is restricted: only some people, and only some kinds of justice problems, receive lawful resolution. Access is also systematically unequal: some groups-wealthy people and white people, for example-get more access than other groups, like poor people and racial minorities. Traditionally, lawyers and judges call this a “crisis of unmet legal need.” It is not. Justice is about just resolution, not legal services. Resolving justice problems lawfully does not always require lawyers’ assistance, as a growing body of evidence shows. Because the problem is unresolved justice issues, there is a wider range of options. Solutions to the access-to-justice crisis require a new understanding of the problem. It must guide a quest for just resolutions shaped by lawyers working with problem-solvers in other disciplines and with other members of the American public whom the justice system is meant to serve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-55
Number of pages7
JournalDaedalus
Volume148
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Access to what? / Sandefur, Rebecca L.

In: Daedalus, Vol. 148, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 49-55.

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Sandefur, Rebecca L. / Access to what?. In: Daedalus. 2019 ; Vol. 148, No. 1. pp. 49-55.
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