Trends in Civil Justice Reform: A Canadian Perspective

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India International Law Foundation (author), Judicial Reforms: Recent Global Trends (EBC, 2017)


An effective civil litigation system is essential for the operation of a modern state. Access to civil justice promotes contractual certainty, the efficient resolution of tort claims, and provides an effective mechanism for disciplining private action. In order to promote these values a judicial system must provide timely and cost-effective access to court services, the competent adjudication of legal disputes, and consistent legal outcomes. However, the increased volume and complexity of modern civil litigation has created challenges for the administration of Canadian courts. Consequently, the judicial system is increasingly becoming less accessible to a broad class of individuals and the amount of time and resources required to resolve claims has steadily increased.

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