Poor access to justice in Canada: report
Access to justice in Canada is being described as abysmal in a new report from the Canadian Bar Association.
The summary report, released today at the association's conference in Saskatoon, says there is profoundly unequal access to justice in Canada.
Report author Melina Buckley says one of the biggest concerns is the growing number of people who represent themselves in civil cases.
That's often because people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to pay for help.
The report says the civil justice system is too badly broken for a quick fix.
The full report will be released in the fall, but the 59-page summary outlines 31 target goals.
The report calls for more federal funding for civil legal aid, for law schools to have clinics to help low-income people and for law as a life skill course in public schools so that people know how and when to get help.