Effective access to justice services is a crucial determinant of inclusive growth, citizen well-being and sound public administration. When citizens' legal needs remain unmet, it can contribute to reduced income, housing loss, stress, or employment issues. The inability to resolve these problems diminishes economic opportunity, reinforces the poverty trap and undermines human potential.
Through measurement, reviews, the identification of good practices and policy dialogue, the OECD seeks to better understand, track and help to improve effective access to justice. Our work in this area is an essential component for the successful attainment of Sustainable Development Goal 16 - to promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.
For further information see: www.oecd.org/gov/access-to-justice.htm