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Justice denied when judges refused a vote

Michele L. Jawando writes about the problem of access to justice for American people and businesses.

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  • Michele L. Jawando

If an individual were notified that his or her “day in court” would potentially come years after filing a claim, would it be worth filing a federal lawsuit in the first place?

Or if a business were told that it would have to wait more than three years for a resolution to a claim, would that change the firm’s analysis of whether it was worth bringing the claim at all?

Those are the types of considerations that individuals and businesses must weigh because our nation has an access-to-justice issue in its third and arguably most important branch of government. And for many Americans, this lack of access can literally mean life or death or the survival or destruction of a business.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Click here to view the full article.

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Michele L. Jawando

Vice President