Most people today are employees who drive cars and get married. Most people today deal with law only when they are fired, ticketed, or divorced. (It’s nice that the vast majority of people never interact with the criminal justice system.) So most access-to-justice issues have to do with employment, personal injury/traffic, and family law. This is because these are the main three areas of social complexity and government regulation in most people’s lives. When there is no complexity or regulation, there are few access-to-justice issues because there is no need for lawyers.
Tomorrow, most people will be freelancers (the gig economy) riding autonomous cars (Uber/Lyft) and hooking up with short-term partners (Tinder). Ask your nearest millennial.
What does it mean for law and access to justice? No notice period/severance calculation or job termination disputes, no accidents or traffic/parking tickets, no divorces.
Silicon Valley technology companies will insulate most people from complexity/regulation. They will end the access-to-justice debate because few people will enter into relationships that pose a high risk of complex disputes and the resulting need for professional adjudication.
I am not saying it’s good or bad. But it’s happening already.