The Legal Problems of Everyday Life - The Nature, Extent and Consequences of Justiciable Problems Experienced by Canadians

Figure 19: Percent Perceiving that the Laws and the Justice System Are Fair and the Outcome of Resolved Problems

Figure 19 is a bar graph that illustrates the percentage of respondents who feel the laws and the justice system are fair according to the outcome of their problems. The x-axis displays the outcome of resolved problems, represented by blue bars, and the outcome of unresolved problems, represented by maroon bars. The resolved cases are divided into “outcome fair” and “outcome unfair” categories and the unresolved cases are divided into “problem better” and “problem worse” categories for a total of four categories on the x-axis. The y-axis represents the percentage of respondents in each category who indicated they felt the laws and the justice system in Canadian society are essentially fair . It ranges from 0 to 70. Respondents with resolved problems reported a higher proportion of feelings of fairness towards the justice system when they believed the outcome of their problem to be fair compared to when they believed the outcome to be unfair. Respondents with unresolved problems reported a higher proportion of feelings of fairness towards the justice system when they believed their problems to have gotten better compared to when they believed their problems to have gotten worse. Of those who had resolved problems, 68.2% who felt the outcome was fair also felt the justice system was fair and 59.4% who felt the outcome was unfair also felt the justice system fair. Of those who had unresolved problems, 62.1% who felt their problem had become better also felt the justice system was fair and 44%% who felt their problem had become worse also felt the justice system fair.