Proper dispensation of justice is a crucial element that guarantees democratic existence, but does this right also sound true among the poor?
It is recognized that dispensation of justice serves as an equalizer to settle all degrees of human dispute and conflict in a "supposed democratic society." That is why we give merit to lawyers who offer their services pro- bono. This is a kind of service which does not require rewards in return, contrary to the very nature of private legal service.
“The poor should have a way to use the justice system for their benefit. The high price of pursuing justice makes the poor choose to evade it,” says Free Legal Assistance Group lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno in a Human Rights Watch report of Philippine alternative media, Bulatlat (published August 2006, accessed August 2010).