Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

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Legal problems rarely occur in a vacuum. They are often borne from other, non-legal problems or else give rise to non-legal problems and adverse circumstances. Legal research and scholarship has long recognized the broader non-legal contexts of legal problems as important for understanding legal problem experiences and individual approaches to problem resolution. In fact, decades of empirical research into the prevalence of civil legal problems has been conceptualized on the notion that, to understand the extent of legal problems in society, it is important to consider these problems as the people experiencing them might view them—through their varied financial, family, employment, health, social, and other contexts.

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