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Access to justice fund named after former chief justice McLachlin launched

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 3:25 PM | By John Chunn

A new fund created to honour the legacy of Canada’s longest-serving chief justice, Beverley McLachlin, was launched on Sept. 10.

According to a press release, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Fund (the Fund), is intended to help support greater access to justice for all in Canada, a cause dear to the former chief justice.

On Sept. 10, the Governing Council of the Fund announced receipt of a $5 million one-time grant from the government of Canada.

“This fund will support innovative ways to improve access to civil and family justice,” said Justice Yves Fortier, a member of the council. “We invite those interested in promoting better access to civil and family justice at all levels of the justice system to apply, when the application process is formally launched.”

“Access to justice is the cornerstone of a modern democratic society,” said Justice Bruce Cohen, another member of the council. “This fund will help the most marginalized people have greater access to justice.”

The fund has received additional donations and pledges from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, leading Canadian law firms and interested Canadians, which has put the fund in the position to soon meet its $10 million goal.

These donors include: Bennett Jones LLP; Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Federation of Law Societies of Canada; Woods LLP; Goodmans LLP; McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Norton Rose Fulbright; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP; Power Corporation of Canada; Stewart McKelvey; Stikeman Elliott LLPand Torys LLP.

Go here for further information or to donate.