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Rebuilding Justice

Civil Courts in Jeopardy and Why You Should Care

By Rebecca Love Kourlis and Dirk Olin

Authors Rebecca Love Kourlis and Dirk Olin tell the story of a civil justice system that has become alarmingly expensive, politicized, and time-consuming, degrading it to the point that it no longer meets the legitimate needs of the people it was created to serve.

Rebuilding Justice gives citizens and civil servants alike permission (and a roadmap) to write a new ending to the story—one that employs practical and empowering solutions to improve the efficiency, accessibility, and integrity of America's civil courts.

Watch U.S. Civil Court System Needs Major Overhaul, New Book Declares on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.


"We are blessed with many excellent judges and court staff around the country, in both the federal and state systems. But, they and all the rest of us have an obligation to work hard to improve the system so that it is both impartial and accountable and so that it provides just and efficient resolution of cases. It is a duty that falls to all citizens, not just to judges and lawyers. This book should be of interest to individuals committed specifically to the health of the courts, and more broadly to the health of our democratic system. (More)


Philip K. Howard, best-selling author of The Death of Common Sense
"Civil justice in America has serious problems...Kourlis and Olin provide practical solutions that are certain to be influential in the inevitable battle to realign civil justice with the needs of a free society." (More)

Larry Kramer, Dean of Stanford Law School
"Not everyone will agree with all the proposed solutions, but all are worth close consideration, and taken together they provide much food for thought--and action." (More)

Hugh Caperton, appellant in U.S. Supreme Court Case, Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal
"Whether you have been in court or not; whether you are a business person or a private citizen, the issues presented in this book should be of front-burner importance to you." (More)

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate
"This is a clarion call to repair the national treasure that is our civil courts system and a bracing lesson in what's at stake if we don't." (More)

John Broderick, Jr., New Hampshire Supreme Court Chief Justice
"This thought provoking book should be required reading for all Americans." (More)



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