Access to justice refers to the human right to understand and utilize the legal system to advocate for oneself and one's interests. When a legal system fails to protect fundamental freedoms, marginalized populations are most vulnerable to injustice and face far more barriers in exercising their rights. Access to Justice is sometimes abbreviated as A2J.
"There is no access to justice where citizens (especially marginalized groups) fear the system, see it as alien, and do not access it; where the justice system is financially inaccessible; where individuals have no lawyers; where they do not have information or knowledge of rights; or where there is a weak justice system. Access to justice involves normative legal protection, legal awareness, legal aid and counsel, adjudication, enforcement, and civil society oversight."
--United States Institute of Peace, Necessary Condition: Access to Justice
Bridging the Access to Justice Gap through Bilingual Education (March 23, 2019)
Panel discussion on having bilingual abilities and being able to use them in a professional capacity as an attorney, and how these law professors are bringing bilingual education into legal education and the positive effects that work has on access to justice.
Why you should care about access to justice (November 25, 2013)
"If you needed a lawyer, could you afford one? Most of us will experience a legal problem at some point, but the vast majority do not seek legal help. Dealing with legal problems without legal help can lead to injustice, frustration and delay, and even poor health. Andrew Pilliar explains why we should all care about access to justice, and outlines some solutions."
How Interpreters Aid Access to Justice (January 16, 2020)
"For a criminal defendant with limited English proficiency, or who has hearing impairment, a skills courtroom interpreter is a vital part of the justice system. Like court-appointed attorneys, interpreters enable defendants to understand proceedings and assist in their own defense. The role of court interpreters is the theme of a newly released Knowledge Seminar video."
© Howard University School of Law Library. Questions about this guide should be directed to email@example.com.