No principle is more essential to a well-functioning democratic society than equal access to justice. True access to justice ensures the long-term preservation of our core constitutional and common law values and fosters respect for the rule of law by all segments of society. Yet universal access remains an alluring and elusive goal rather than a contemporary reality. While the law increasingly permeates every aspect of our lives, not all members of society yet enjoy full access to the institutions in which the law is administered, interpreted, applied and enforced. This Action Plan is designed to help make that access a reality: to advance incrementally from a sound, principled but sometimes remote system of justice to a better one – more accessible, more effective and, ultimately, more just.