French people think injustices are on the rise, say lawyers

The presidential election is most often an opportunity to address fundamental questions about society. The National Bar Council therefore seized this opportunity to encourage the French, but also and above all the candidates, to question themselves on the subject of injustice. The Order has spent more than a year gathering the voices of all stakeholders, lawyers, clients, think tanks, unions or associations of local elected officials to come to the conclusion that citizens very often feel powerless to assert their rights.

According to this work, 71% of French people believe that the phenomenon of injustice is on the increase, and 77% think that fundamental rights and freedoms are tending to decline. The poorest categories feel this feeling more (79% compared to 44% among wealthy populations), while ultramarines are the hardest hit: 58% believe that it is not easy to assert their rights (until 70% in Guyana). However, 44% of respondents believe that it is in the area of ​​justice that these injustices are most numerous.

Improving access to law

To break this vicious circle, the Conseil national des barreaux advocates access to the law everywhere and for everyone. Through the work Let’s talk about injustice! Citizens, assert our rights!published at the beginning of March by Ramsay editions, the profession makes three proposals to put an end to the renunciation of asserting one’s rights (denounced by 10 to 15% of respondents).

This begins with the inclusion in the Constitution of the right to recourse to a lawyer, but also more concretely by the fact of giving communities “a special competence to access the law, so that the action of the State is better adapted to territorial differences. Finally, because financial issues should not be a hindrance to the exercise of our rights and because legal aid is far from alleviating these difficulties, the Council suggests using a tax incentive to facilitate recourse to a lawyer.

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