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No Day in Court – Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment - Oxford Scholarship Online
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No Day in Court: Access to Justice and the Politics of Judicial Retrenchment

Sarah Staszak


We are now more than half a century removed from height of the rights revolution, a time when the federal government significantly increased legal protection for disadvantaged individuals and groups, leading in the process to a dramatic expansion in access to courts and judicial authority to oversee these protections. Yet while the majority of the landmark laws and legal precedents expanding access to justice remain intact, less than 2 percent of civil cases are decided by a trial today. What explains this phenomenon, and why it is so difficult to get one’s day in court? This book examines the ... More

Keywords: law and politics, access to courts, history of law, litigation, rules and procedures, political process, historical institutionalism, retrenchment

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199399031
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199399031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Staszak, author
City College of New York-CUNY

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