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Event Review – Technology, Inclusion and Access to Justice: Broadening the Conversation

November 7, 2016 | By |

On October 18, 2016 over 50 participants from the public as well as justice, technology, social and business sectors came to the Law Society of Upper Canada to participate in day of discussion devoted to exploring how technology can be used to advance access to justice for those on the wrong side of the digital divide.

This event was organized by TAG with Community Legal Education Ontario and Social Justice Tribunals Ontario. The day began with a panel discussion that explored the relationship between inclusion and innovation with the following speakers:

Keynote Presentation: Ontario’s Attorney General Hon. Yasir Naqvi




Attendees were then introduced to draft guidelines that could potentially inform the integration of inclusive principles into technological innovation. The guidelines were developed and presented by the Founding Executive Director of the Law Commission of Ontario, Patricia Hughes.

A tech innovation fair was held over lunch and featured the following justice sector focused companies/initiatives:

Participants broke up into small groups in the afternoon to review the draft guidelines. The discussion identified additional topics to explore, audiences to include and ideas to continue the conversation.

The afternoon also featured a keynote presentation from Hon. Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario who drew from TAG’s Public Perceptions of Access to Justice in Ontario in his remarks. The Minister also outlined am ambitious agenda aimed at modernizing the justice system.

A summary of discussions from the breakout sessions will be shared in the coming weeks. Future events that further explore ideas generated during this day of discussion are in development. To be notified of these events as they are scheduled please join TAG’s mailing list.


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Background Paper: Developing Guidelines for Using Technology to Advance Access to Justice

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Draft Guidelines for Using Technology to Advance Access to Justice

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This program is eligible for 4.5 hours of Professionalism Content and 1.5 hours of Substantive Content.

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