More than 5bn without meaningful access to justice, says Mary Robinson

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More than five billion people worldwide have no meaningful access to justice and the problem has worsened in the last two decades, former president Mary Robinson has said. Access to justice is at the “very core of democracy” and without it and the rule of law, “we don’t have anything”, Mrs Robinson said at an event in Dublin celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Free Legal Advice Centre (Flac). She was addressing a gathering at the weekend including senior judges and many members of the legal profession, including former attorney general David Byrne, who was among the founding members of...

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