The Irish Times view on the legal system: access denied

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A great many people cannot afford to go to court because of the exorbitant amounts of money involved even for relatively straightforward cases.

  • The Irish Times

An effective legal system is a basic tenet of a functioning democracy, but no legal system can be effective unless every citizen has access to it.

That points to a fundamental deficiency in our Republic.

Long delays and outdated procedures contribute to the problem by deterring people from taking legal action, but the real scandal is cost.

Put simply, a great many people cannot afford to go to court because of the…

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