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Canadian Forum on Civil Justice


Toronto, Canada


The focus of this report is return on investment (ROI) and social return on investment (SROI) research in justice.

There is a growing access to justice crisis around the world. Notwithstanding the prevalence of legal problems in everyday life, people do not have adequate access to the justice information, resources and mechanisms that they need to navigate the complexities of law. This gap in access to justice negatively impacts everyone. It also comes with significant costs – to individuals and societies.

Complicating this global crisis is a lack of understanding of the nature, extent, costs and potential solutions of and for the access to justice problem.

In this report, we examine research on return on investment and social return on investment in justice, two particularly promising areas of study that offer insights on the monetary and non-monetary benefits to individuals, investors and the state of making justice more accessible.

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