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Data suggest a summary judgment culture shift underway

Friday, May 05, 2017 @ 9:05 AM | By Brooke MacKenzie

Canadian lawyers, judges, policymakers and commentators frequently lament the “access to justice crisis” — it takes too long and costs too much for a litigant to resolve a dispute in court. Discussions on this topic typically conclude that reforms are needed to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our justice system.

There is a further problem, however: even when reforms are implemented, measures are rarely put in place to assess whether the reforms were effective. Ontario’s “Civil Justice Reform Project,” led by former associate chief justice Coulter Osborne,...