- •What is the primary question addressed by this study? This question must be limited to one sentence.
- •This article explores the nature and extent of barriers to access to justice that older persons experience, including those with mental health conditions.
- •What is the main finding of this study? The finding must be limited to two sentences.
- •Access to justice—the right to fair, prompt and responsive decisions by administrative decision-makers and equal access to courts and tribunals to obtain timely and effective remedies – is not only an important right in itself but also enables the enjoyment of many other human rights. Yet older persons, particularly those with mental health conditions, face a significant “justice gap.”
- •What is the meaning of the finding? This must be limited to one sentence.
- •International and national standards have been shown to be inadequate to respond to this justice gap mandating an international standard in the form of a binding legal obligation that specifically addresses older persons’ rights of access to justice, among other rights.
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The data were not presented in the same form as this paper. This is the first time the data have been presented in the form of an academic work. Many of the key points were presented (in slides) to the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing's 11th Working Session between March 29 and April 1, 2021 on the substantive theme of Access to Justice.