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Measuring the Costs and Quality of Paths to Justice: Contours of a Methodology

Legal problems and justice needs are similar in different jurisdictions and different locations. Processes for resolving them, as well as rules determining outcomes vary widely, however. Measuring the price (costs) and quality of such ‘paths to justice’ from the perspective of the user is likely to enhance users’ choice, enable comparison and learning, to increase transparency, and to create incentives for improving access to justice. This paper discusses the contours of a methodology for this purpose and of some concrete tools for measuring costs, procedural quality, and outcome quality. Conceptualization of a path to justice, criteria and items included in the measurement framework, as well as different data collection methods, are presented. Experiences from two pilot studies give insight in the challenges that lie ahead, and in the potential uses of the (developing) measurement methodology.



Uploaded on: Mar 12, 2014
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015
Year Published: 2008

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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Criminal Justice, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law Tool Type: Policy Papers / Briefs, Reports / Research Method: Mediation & Conflict Resolution, Research Languages: English Regions: > Global