Access to Justice Blog
Analysis and opinions from the leading voices in access to justice research.
As work to improve access to justice in civil and family matters continues to gain momentum across Canada, the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters is pleased to announce the launch of a major project to develop and publish a Status Report on the State of Access to Justice in Canada. The project will be carried out by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice.
The Action Committee was convened in 2008 by the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, in order to develop consensus and priorities around improving access to civil and family justice in Canada, while also encouraging cooperation and collaboration between all stakeholders in the justice system. In 2013, the Action Committee published Access to Civil & Family Justice: A Roadmap for Change, which contains 9 Justice Development Goals that, if accomplished, will help to address the large and growing access to justice gap in Canada.
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Alors que les efforts pour améliorer l’accès à la justice en matière civile et familiale se multiplient partout au Canada, le Comité d’action sur l’accès à la justice en matière civile et familiale est heureux d’annoncer le lancement d’un grand projet visant à rédiger et à publier un rapport d’étape sur l’état de l’accès à la justice au Canada. Le projet sera mené par le Forum canadien sur la justice civile.
Le Comité d’action a été formé en 2008 par la très honorable Beverley McLachlin, juge en chef du Canada, pour établir un consensus et des priorités concernant l’amélioration de l’accès à la justice en matière civile et familiale au Canada, tout en encourageant également la coopération et la collaboration entre tous les intervenants du système de justice. En 2013, le Comité d’action a publié le document intitulé L’accès à la justice en matière civile et familiale : Une feuille de route pour le changement, lequel contient 9 objectifs de... Read More
The CFCJ's Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report discusses the frequency of seventeen different civil and family justice problems experienced by Canadians, as well as the costs to Canadians and to the State of having an everyday legal problem.
We are thrilled to announce the publication of several Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada fact sheets, aimed at providing further detail on the incidences of the seventeen problem categories discussed in the Overview Report. The data in these fact sheets was gathered from our Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada Survey. The fact sheets offer information on the following problem types:... Read More
Our most recent infographic provides an overview of some of the key concepts presented in our "Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report". Essentially all of us will experience at least one significant everyday legal problem over the course of our lifetime. Experiencing and trying to resolve these problems can be costly. View our Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada infographic here for an outline of why this presents a serious problem for the public, the State and access to justice in Canada. An animated version of this infographic is forthcoming.
How do we define a legal problem? What is meant by justice and access to justice? What ought to be encompassed within the concept of a justice system? In "Nudging the Paradigm Shift, Everyday Legal Problems in Canada", Dr. Ab Currie, Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, discusses the responses to these questions in the context of legal need and frequently occurring everyday legal problems. He highlights a methodological approach that moves beyond problem resolution solely through the formal justice system and instead invites a more holistic way of viewing and delivering access to justice that considers both social and legal needs. What is needed for this paradigm shift to occur? Read Dr. Currie's paper in full here.