nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

The legal system that most people can't afford to use

Here's a medium-sized example. The vast majority of Americans can't afford to make much use of the legal system. I'm not sure where the dividing line is, but I'm assuming that only the top 5% or 10% can afford much in the way of legal action.

This means a high proportion of people can't afford a trial if they're accused of a crime, and can't afford to sue if a crime is committed against them.

I've never seen a good overview of the problem-- how we got into this mess, or it's overall effects, or how we might get out of it. Any suggestions?

A variety of legal systems-- not quite what I'm looking for, but possibly of interest.

The relatively cheering part of the picture is that most dealings between Americans seem to be reasonably benign, even in the absence of access to legal enforcement.

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