Access to Justice Week in Review
December 13, 2017 | By TAG_Admin |
Ontario’s second annual Access to Justice Week was held from October 23rd to 27th. This year’s program featured five events and nine initiatives that were organized with the following 12 organizations:
- Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ)
- Communtiy Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
- Durham College
- Durham Community Legal Clinic
- Kingston Community Legal Clinic
- L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO)
- Legal Aid Ontario
- Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN)
- Ontario Paralegal Association
- Peacebuilders Canada
- University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society
Highlights from the week include:
- Keynote presentations from Ontario’s Attorney General Yasir Naqvi and Chair of the National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, Thomas A. Cromwell.
- A letter of support from Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.
- Coverage in the media outlets: CBC, Toronto Star, Metro News, Winnipeg Free Press, Advocate Daily, The Lawyer’s Daily
- Nearly 20 hours of CPD credit about access to justice in Ontario with some of this programming available for viewing on YouTube
- MP Marco Mendocino delivering a statement in the House of Commons.
- The release of a new report Millennials, Technology and Access to Justice which found the following:
- More than half (58%) of Millennials say finding information about even the basics of the Ontario’s legal system is a key challenge.
- The most frequent legal challenges experienced by Millennials were employment and work-related matters (16%) and housing law (16%).
- Millennials show keen interest in a range of access to justice initiatives. The most appealing was an online legal database that allows user to search for information about common legal problems, learn from other people’s experiences, or find a legal professional in their area. Nine in ten (91%) respondents felt this initiative was a good or very good idea.
Looking for details about Access to Justice Week events? Check out event summaries and materials here:
- Access to Justice Innovation
- Improving Health, Improving Service: Well Being in the Legal Profession and Access to Justice
- The Millennial Influence: Technology, Disruption and Justice
- Paralegals and Access to Justice
- Inform. Inspire: Community Legal Information in 2017