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Access to Justice


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 1:24 PM

‘Justice has not yet been achieved,’ says director of N.S. Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq Initiative Michelle Williams

The Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq (IB&M) Initiative at the Schulich School of Law in Halifax has reached a new milestone. The landmark law school program has now completed its 30th year in operation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 11:13 AM

B.C. Supreme Court makes right call on non-lawyer in traffic court | Kyla Lee

Recently, the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled in a controversial case involving the provision of legal services by non-lawyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 3:11 PM

Bill 161 could jeopardize access to justice for women fleeing abuse Woman running

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, will amend more than 20 existing pieces of legislation. Of particular concern to advocates for women fleeing abuse are the proposed revisions to the Legal Aid Services Act 1998. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

Religious inclusion in legal profession | Nour Farhat and Derek Ross

We are both openly religious. We are also lawyers. We see no contradiction in this. To the contrary, our faith motivates and supports us in meeting our commitment to “fulfill the duties of the legal profession with honesty and justice” and to “champion the rule of law and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all persons” (as set out in the Quebec and Ontario oaths, respectively). ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

Valentine to democracy’s frontline soldiers | Stéphanie Plante

Poll clerk, voting day worker, precinct officer, scrutineer, ballot inspector, results tabulator, whatever you want to call them, it’s time for the local election officials, or, the “street level bureaucrats” of our election world, as coined by academic Michael Lipsky stand up and get the respect and administration they deserve on this Valentine’s Day and every day. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 1:44 PM

New report explores vexing issue faced by self-represented litigants Julie_Macfarlane

Vexatiousness is a worrisome problem for self-represented litigants (SRLs), according to a new report from the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, established to explore the needs and challenges of SRLs in Canada. “Vexatiousness is used to get rid of self-represented litigants. Sometimes it’s conscious,” said Dr. Julie Macfarlane, a law professor at the University of Windsor and co-author of the report.  ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 12:16 PM

B.C. no-fault insurance plan will reduce victims’ rights, harm vulnerable people: lawyers CBABC president Ken Armstrong

The government of British Columbia has announced plans to transition to a no-fault automobile insurance system to deal with ballooning costs at the provincially owned Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), a move that has raised the ire of many in the provincial legal community. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 9:12 AM

Legacy of Canada’s everydog, Punky Santics dog behind bars

Animal law was poised to finally have its day in Canada’s top court in 2020, but it was not to be. In January 2020, I was guest lecturing on animal law at law schools in Asia and Europe when I heard the jarring news that Punky Santics, Canada’s everydog on death row, had just his case dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada. ... [read more]

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

Despite horrors, Aboriginal overincarceration surmountable problem | Laurelly Dale

I feel disheartened yet again writing about the overincarceration of Aboriginal peoples. I recall as a young student in undergrad devouring research on the subject for a project in my Canadian politics class. That was over 18 years ago. Everyone agrees this is a problem. So why are we doing the same old thing to address it?  ... [read more]

Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 7:46 AM

Access to Justice: Embracing technology through online courts | Beverley McLachlin

As we near the beginning of the second quarter of the 21st century, it is worth casting our thoughts ahead and asking what our justice system will look like 10 or 20 years from now. Everyone accepts that we are living in a technological era where change in how we communicate, do business and play is exponential. Business, education and medicine are radically altering the way they provide services to meet these changes and better serve their customers and the public. Why should the justice system be any different? ... [read more]