Equal Access To Justice: an edited version of my previous essay; defines equal access to justice; states what society can do to improve equal access to justice for all

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Do you think Americans have equal access to justice? When I first heard this question, I immediately thought of the poor with no lawyers, and the rich who seem to always win court cases. But then, I thought about the true meaning of the question. As Americans, we all can make use of our fair, just, and impartial legal process. It seems impossible to always satisfy everyone, but our system can work for those who truly want to put it to use.

Laws were originally created with the intention that people would follow them, and if they were broken, the offender would be fairly punished based on the severity of the crime. Laws are supposed to be enforced consistently without regard to one's social status, but that does not always happen. If an individual were accused of a crime she did not commit, how hard would she work to ensure that she obtained the same justice as everyone else? She would probably hire a lawyer, explain the problem, and try to win her case.

I have enough faith in the system that if one is accused of a crime unfairly, that person would work as hard as possible to ensure that her rights are not violated and justice is served.

Our legal system is set up for people to easily obtain information. Anyone can go to a library and read about any type of crime or defense strategy, if one cared enough.

Anyone can obtain legal advice from a lawyer, if one wanted to go through the process. And if that person was misrepresented or not given correct information, she could request a mistrial due to inadequate representation. Some might bring up the question of wealthy people having expensive lawyers, while low-income citizens request pro-bono representation, in which...