Supreme selfie: Talking A2J with a former Supreme Court of Canada justiceJudges, lawyers, law students and the public continue to grapple with the access to justice crisis that is far-reaching across the country. Too often, we lament that the system is too complex, too slow and too expensive. The most marginalized members of Canadian society experience significant barriers navigating the justice system on a daily basis.
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Think Making a Murderer can’t happen in Canada? Think againThe super-popular Netflix docu-series Making a Murderer has taken popular culture by storm (some people — like me — have even been podcasting about it).
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Sumra Mahmood says she decided to go to UVic because of its focus on social justice and access to justice.
Sumra Mahmood says she decided to go to UVic because of its focus on social justice and access to justice.
The University of Victoria Faculty of Law has established the Access to Justice Centre for Excellence with plans for five research projects to help determine need in the province.
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Monday, 23 November 2015 09:00

Hic sunt leones

Hic sunt leonesIn an age none of us witnessed but all of us learned a great deal about, explorers fared the oceans to find what they called “new lands.” Except, of course, they were not new. That was just the understandably narrow and yet nonetheless incorrect perspective of the explorers.
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It is often the case that discussions of “access to justice” revolve around legal aid funding and alternative dispute resolution processes, and with good reason. In a climate such as British Columbia, where members of the legal profession once took job action to draw attention to the dire need for investment in legal aid, the courts remain inaccessible to many.
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Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

The new LSUC, the old A2J problems

The new LSUC, the old A2J problemsWith bencher election results in and the Law Society of Upper Canada getting a facelift, this administration will be under more scrutiny than any previous LSUC board for its action plan on access to justice. The profession is far from settled on having a comprehensive and effective plan to promote access to legal services, and we are likely to hear loud calls for accountability.
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Closures make justice more distant for manyThe provincial government has announced the closure of three courthouses in eastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, as part of their 2015-16 budget. The courts in question are satellite facilities in Guysborough, Port Hood, and Baddeck, and cases that would have otherwise been heard at these locations will now be heard in regional Justice Centres.
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Monday, 05 May 2014 08:00

Knocking down hurdles

As Canadians come out of one of the worst winters in the history of ever, you can smell spring in the air; you can feel a palpable change in attitude as we expose our lily-white skin to a little warmth and sunshine. Like the crocuses that push up through the semi-frozen ground to herald the new season, dire economic reality appears to be the fertilizer for change in the legal profession.
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It’s 2011 and the superior courts are open for businessBefore we get down to business, I would like to take a moment to wish all of Canadian Lawyer’s online readers a very happy new year; and as your new civil litigation columnist, I would also like to extend my sincere thanks for what I hope will be your ongoing readership of these monthly postings. Over the year, I will identify and discuss current topics that I hope will pique your interest and perhaps ignite some commentary or debate. Suggested topics for future articles, or other criticisms (constructive or otherwise) are always welcome.
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