A survey of state judges by the American Bar Association indicates that fewer parties in civil cases are being represented by lawyers, and in the opinion of most of the judges, the outcomes of those cases are worse for it.

The Coalition for Justice, an arm of the ABA that focuses on access to the courts, conducted the survey in an attempt to measure the impact of the economic recession. The results, released Monday, echo warnings from the Brennan Center for Justice and other groups who say the nation’s judicial systems are increasingly overburdened.

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