Access to Justice

People experiencing poverty often lack equitable access to justice and legal services. Justice is a key part of a healthy and functioning society as it helps to provide structure and fairness (MacPhail, 2012). Often, people who are experiencing poverty are unaware of their rights and the ways to stay out of legal trouble that are available. Some organizations are now working on innovative solutions to ensure that people know their rights and have access to justice and legal services.

 

Resources

Meaningful Change for Family Justice: Beyond Wise Words - Family Justice Working Group of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters

Access to Justice:The Great Gap in Canada's Justice System

Adult Correctional Statistics in Canada, 2015/2016

Crimes of Desperation: The Truth About Poverty-Related Crime (United Way of Calgary, 2016)

Ideas presented here do not reflect the COH and the Homeless Hub.