Measuring Access to Justice
Justice depends on having a fair chance to be heard, regardless of who you are, where you live, or how much money you have. At minimum, a person should be able to learn about her rights and then give effective voice to them in a neutral and nondiscriminatory, formal or informal, process that determines the facts, applies the rule of law, and enforces the result.
That is Access to Justice.
50 States, DC, and Puerto Rico
6,100+ Data Points
3,000+ Written Citations
There is less than one civil legal aid attorney to help every 10,000 Americans living in poverty.
Overall score for practices to make justice accessible to people without lawyers.
Half of the jurisdictions have no rule against making non-English speakers pay for a court interpreter.
Highest overall score of any of Justice Index 2016’s four categories.