U.S. rank on access to civil justice in Rule of Law Index drops to 94th out of 113 countries

10/27/2016, Report, All Basic Human Needs

The World Justice Project's 2016 Rule of Law Index ranks the U.S. tied for 94th out of 113 countries on "accessibility and affordability of civil justice."  This measures

 

the accessibility and affordability of civil courts, including whether people are aware of available remedies, can access and a afford legal advice and representation, and can access the court system without incurring unreasonable fees, encountering unreasonable procedural hurdles, or experiencing physical or linguistic barriers.

 

The U.S. rank dropped over almost 30 spots from 2015 to 2016, continuing a slide that has occurred over the past three years.


The 2014 report said of the U.S. that "Civil legal assistance is frequently expensive or unavailable, and the gap between rich and poor individuals in terms of both actual use of and satisfaction with the court system is significant."

 

Nccrc_involvement_icon The NCCRC's John Pollock was one of the contributing experts to the report.