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A national survey of the civil justice problems of low and moderate income Canadians: Incidence and patterns

This study of low- and moderate-income Canadians aimed to determine the incidence of law-related problems in this population and identify the social and demographic groups most vulnerable to such problems. This Justice Canada study surveyed 4,501 respondents across Canada. Anglophone and francophone respondents were interviewed by telephone in March 2004. This research shows that legal problems that are difficult to resolve are common for low- and moderate-income Canadians. Almost half of respondents had experienced at least one such problem over a3-year period. Many of the problems were serious enough to affect the security and well-being of individuals and their families. In particular, there was a high incidence of problems relating tomoney and debt, and consumer and employment problems. The report suggests that relationship breakdowns may be a trigger for other problems threatening the financial security of families. It recommends providing assistance as early as possible for family law problems and taking a holistic approach to the provision of legal services to deal with problems.

Author: Currie, Ab
Title of Work: A national survey of the civil justice problems of low and moderate income Canadians: Incidence and patterns
Date: 2005
Organization: Department of Justice Canada
URL: Click here http://www.cfcj-fcjc.org/sites/default/files/docs/2006/currie-en.pdf
Topic: Needs assessments
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: Canada
Location of Authoring Organization by Province/ State (unless national entity):
Availability: Full report online
Language: English