In an age where the internet is increasingly essential for education, job searching, banking and even ordering your morning coffee, the justice sector is under pressure to use more technology. But how does this affect those who don’t have regular access to a computer or the internet?
Sylvia Green is a retired teacher who has been dealing with a legal estate case on her own since 2011. She found navigating a complex system on her own to be incredibly overwhelming and intimidating. When she discovered Pro Bono Ontario (PBO), a volunteer-based legal services organization, she found guidance and ultimately the confidence to represent herself in court. She shares her journey with us.
Canadian-born Gitxsan activist for Indigenous child welfare, Cindy Blackstock, is not one to back away from fighting injustice. According to Cindy, the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children and their families, resulting in more First Nations children in the child welfare system today than at the height of residential schools.
We speak with legal professionals who support unbundled legal services. Unbundling legal services are when a client and a lawyer decide what aspects of a case the lawyer will work on and what aspects the client can handle on their own. The client then pays for the particular services that the lawyer provides.
Sabreena is the Manager of External Engagement and The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) at The Law Society of Upper Canada. Last year Sabreena organized Ontario’s first Access to Justice Week which featured 150 diverse speakers and received coverage in 25 media outlets. Her writing is featured on various legal blogs and has also appeared on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition.
Jane is a freelance producer and writer. Her work has screened at international film festivals, (such as Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival), received nominations and awards (including Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival Best Female GTA Artist, Yorkton Short Film Festival Jury Prize), and was broadcast in Canada and USA.