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Chantel Amato, Nov 19, 2014

Earlier this year, several leaders in Nova Scotia’s justice and legal community launched a new collaborative effort - the Access to Justice Co-Ordinating Committee (A2JCC). Provincial Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab and the Hon. Chief Justice Michael MacDonald are leading the initiative, acting on recommendations outlined in the Action Committee final report, Access to Civil...

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Chantel Amato, Oct 30, 2014

The Halton Community Legal Services, with funding from the Legal Aid Ontario’s Fund to Strengthen Capacity of Legal Clinics, has developed the Legal Health Check-Up Project. This initiative focuses on being proactive rather than reactive to everyday legal problems. The “check-up”, which can be accessed here, helps those living in poverty get help...

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Chantel Amato, Oct 23, 2014

The International Bar Association (IBA), in collaboration with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, released a report titled International Access to Justice: Barriers and Solutions on October 21st, 2014 at the IBA’s conference in Tokyo.

This study, based on findings from 26 countries, identifies many different types of barriers, such as social and cultural barriers, institutional barriers, as well as ‘intersectional’ barriers. The report notes that although efforts to improve access to...

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Nicole Aylwin, Aug 26, 2014

A new State access to justice commission was formed last week in Arizona. To read about the new commission click here.

For those looking for resources on how to form and operate an A2J commission you may want to visit the American Bar Association Access to Justice Resource Centre. While the A2J Commission system is slightly different...

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Nicole Aylwin, Aug 05, 2014

Since the release of the Action Committee’s Final Report last October, justice stakeholders across the country have taken up the challenge to find new ways to innovate, collaborate and inspire others to increase access to justice. Last week the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice published a special edition of its newsletter dedicated to profiling emerging A2J initiatives across the country.

Read the special edition here

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Nicole Aylwin, Jul 31, 2014

An exciting new approach to addressing access to justice issues in BC's family justice system is underway!

Read about BC's pioneering Family Justice Social Lab in Kari D. Boyle's great SLAW post.

The idea for the BC Family Justice Social Lab grew out of a two-day workshop funded by the BC Law Foundation/Legal Services Society Research Fund and facilitated by Adam Kahane and Monica Pohlmann of Reos Partners.

Some resources...

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Nicole Aylwin, Jul 23, 2014

In November of 2013, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General convened leaders in the civil and family justice system at a "Joint Action Forum" to begin a process to improve access to justice in Alberta's civil and family justice system. 

A summary report, entitled "What Was Heard", captures the discussions that took place at Joint Action Forum and is now available online.

This effective report lays out several “visions” for the Alberta civil and family justice system. These visions paint a picture of a justice system that:

  • Provides...
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John-Paul Boyd, Jul 11, 2014

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada has just released a draft report for public comment, "The Right to Legal Aid: How BC's Legal Aid System Fails to Comply with International Law." The authors argue that reductions in funding leave "even the most basic legal aid needs of British Columbians" unmet, with a disproportionate impact on women and marginalized groups, which ultimately undermines the "entire justice system." The authors note that the inadequate funding of legal aid has social impacts that extend far beyond the justice system to affect the "social fabric of British Columbians and their...

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Michaela Keet, Jun 24, 2014
The Dean’s Forum was born out of a vision to use the Law College to initiate conversation among  ‘system stakeholders’ about Access to Justice.  The driving objective was the design of an action plan.  With two Forum gatherings (in Sept. ’13 and March ’14), a law school course attached to the project, and two funded summer research positions, the Forum has gained momentum.  Its creative structure – and the involvement of a committed group of law students – has been key.   
 
The attached summary outlines the Dean’s Forum...
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Nicole Aylwin, Jun 16, 2014

Congratulations to Nova Scotia Department of Justice for establishing a local Access to Justice Co-ordinating Committee!

Read the press release here: http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20140612005

Read the Terms of Reference for the Committee here: http://novascotia.ca/just/global_docs/NS-A2J-CC-Terms-of-Reference.pdf

 

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