Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Free Access to Fair Justice Guarantees Rule of Law

Free Access to Fair Justice is a basic principle of the rule of law. In the absence of access to justice, people are unable to have their voice heard, exercise their rights, challenge discrimination or hold decision-makers accountable.
The Rule of Law emphasizes the right of equal access to justice for all, including members of vulnerable groups; Delivery of justice should be impartial and non-discriminatory. The independence of the judicial system, together with its impartiality and integrity, as an essential prerequisite for upholding the rule of law and ensuring that there is no discrimination in the administration of justice .

One of the major obstacles in accessing justice is the cost of legal advice and representation. Legal aid programmes are a central component of strategies to enhance access to justice but in India lack of funds and absence quality of Legal professionals for want of professional fee are hampering the real objectives of right of equal access to justice for all.

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