I hear the phrase “access to justice” every day in my job. It seems to mean different things to different people. I started working the question into conversations.
Some say, in the Inland Empire, residents’ access to justice is threatened by the consequences of insufficient court funding and a backlog of cases. Getting a trial date can be a struggle. Whether you are accused of or the victim of a crime, you depend on your right to a speedy trial.
“It’s delaying people that have been sitting in custody their opportunity to have their due process rights, to have their jury trial, as