By Alan Kilpatrick
Middle Income Access to Justice
Edited by Michael Trebilcock, Anthony Duggan, and Lorne Sossin
University of Toronto Press, 2012
Is it possible for low and middle income Canadians to access the legal system? Is the justice system able to accommodate self-represented litigants? Earlier this year, Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin suggested in a Globe and Mail article, “it seems to me that the answer is no. We have wonderful justice for corporations and for the wealthy. But the middle class and the poor may not be able to access our justice system.” Middle Income Access to Justice, a new item in the library, explores this important issue. The University of Toronto Press describes this book on its website,
Though most conceptions of the rule of law assume equality before the law – and hence equal access to the justice system – this basic right is not being met for many low and middle income Canadians. This book focuses on the problem of civil access to justice for middle income earners – those whose household income is high enough to disqualify them from legal aid but not high enough to cover the costs of litigation.
Featuring contributions by leading Canadian and international scholars, practitioners, and members of the judiciary, this multidisciplinary collection draws on scholarship in the fields of law, social science, and public policy. There is a particular emphasis on family law, consumer law, and employment law, as these are the areas where research has indicated that unmet legal needs are highest.
Middle Income Access to Justice presents a variety of innovative solutions, from dispute resolution process reforms to the development of non-lawyer forms of assistance and new methods for funding legal expenses. In doing so, it lays the foundation for the development of a much-needed new delivery model to provide early intervention for legal services.
Please stop by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library in Regina if you are interested in checking this item out. Call Number: KF 337.5.M53 T78 2012.
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