There is a growing belief that our civil and family justice system2 is in crisis. Evidence is mounting that the public cannot afford to resolve their legal problems through the formal processes of our courts, and it is unclear whether they are accessing other civil justice system services to reach resolution or whether their legal problems remain unresolved. This is a vital concern not only for the individuals who are unable to pursue their claims, but also for the health, economic, and social well-being of all Canadians. There is increasing evidence that unresolved disputes have a significant negative impact on individuals, their families, businesses and society as a whole.
Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, "The Cost of Justice: Weighing the Costs of Fair and Effective Resolution to Legal Problems" (2012). Canadian Forum on Civil Justice. 69.