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Long delays and outdated procedures contribute to the problem by deterring people from taking legal action, but the real scandal is cost.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