Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

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Civil and family justice problems in Canada result in financial, temporal, physical health, mental health and social costs that are often not treated with the same urgency as healthcare problems or other social problems. The “Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada” (Cost of Justice) survey, the flagship study for the Cost of Justice project, includes the first national legal problems survey in Canada (or elsewhere) to specifically ask participants about the costs of legal problems to their economic and social wellbeing. By measuring all costs related to experiencing civil and family justice problems, the Cost of Justice survey offers a basis to holistically evaluate the consequences of civil justice problems in Canada. This unparalleled insight is a useful precursor for creating policy, practice and program initiatives that can address specific cost issues and help to improve access to legal services and resources in Canada. For the Cost of Justice survey, 3,263 adults in Canada were surveyed about the type, frequency and impact of legal problems that they experienced during the three-year reference period of the survey.

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