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A just life

A just life

By Lucy Adams and Chris Povey

Access to Justice 

A recent report highlights the community benefits of early access to justice. Justice Connect has released a report, “A Just Life: The role for legal help in building fairer, safer and healthier communities”. It reflects on the high impact work of the legal assistance sector and the preventative role the law can play for people and communities. Through client stories and case studies, it paints a picture of a legal system that puts itself out of reach for too many. For some, it makes legal rights invisible and for others it hits them harshly and heavily. However, the report also highlights that – when working well – the law and legal help can prevent or minimise the impact of some of our most significant personal and social crises, including homelessness, bankruptcy, family violence and elder abuse, unemployment and imprisonment. Informed by evidence from casework and client insights, Justice Connect presents priorities which, if embraced, will contribute to a justice system that promotes a fairer, safer and healthier community:

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