U.S. rank on access to civil justice in Rule of Law Index drops to 99th out of 126 countries

03/10/2019, Report, All Basic Human Needs

The World Justice Project's 2019 Rule of Law Index ranks the U.S. tied for 99tth out of 126 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 2019.


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."

 

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