In the United States, our legal system and courts are public. The people who run the court system are public employees, the judges, the buildings, are for all the people, rich and poor. Now, its true that most people who go to court need an attorney to be more effective and that costs money. But the access to the court system is open to all. Just as important, the rules or laws that control the process and determine the substantive outcomes, are public and available to all. The decisions of the judges are public. This is so that we can understand and trust that our disputes are being handled in a mostly honest, good faith and fair manner.