Access to Justice

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New “Cost of Justice” reports from the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

See the December 2017 newsletter from the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice for updates on the Cost of Justice research project, including the following new reports:

Online chat option available Fridays via Nova Scotia Legal Aid website

The Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission has resumed its pilot project to introduce a weekly live online chat service. The focus of the weekly sessions – now on Fridays – will alternate between family and social justice issues. These are the upcoming sessions for November.

November 3 & 17
Have family law questions? Chat online with a Family Law Lawyer from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm. To start a chat session, click on the chat icon on the bottom right-hand corner of NSLA’s homepage.

Nova Scotia RCMP introduce eagle feather as new option to swear legal oaths

(October 30, 2017 news release – Dartmouth)

A first in Canada for the RCMP, the Nova Scotia RCMP announced today that all clients including victims, witnesses and police officers will now have the option to swear legal oaths on an eagle feather. The eagle feather will be used in the same way as a Bible or affirmation and may also be offered as a comfort for a client when interacting with employees at a detachment.

New report highlights impact of Access to Justice Fund across Canada

September 13, 2017 – The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to release Access to Justice Fund 2017, a new report that highlights the impact that the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) is having in Ontario and nationally.

Law Foundation of Nova Scotia: Grants Review and Future Directions report

The Law Foundation of Nova Scotia has released a significant report on access to justice needs in the province. In the report, the Law Foundation maps major A2J challenges for Nova Scotia and makes the case for better coordination among justice sector players.

The report is available on the Law Foundation’s website at

Restoring justice to Canada’s clogged courts system

A new report from the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Offenders found guilty of crimes like murder or child sexual assault can have, and recently have had, their convictions totally erased and can roam Canada’s streets with impunity as a direct result of court rulings that their trials took too long to complete. Similarly, persons accused of those same crimes can have their charges dropped because their trials would take too long to complete.

Call for applications: Family Law Access to Justice Fund

Funding to advance access to justice for families in Canada

The Law Foundation of Ontario invites applications from nonprofit organizations across Canada to the Access to Justice Fund (ATJF) in the area of family law, including child protection. Family law, including child protection, is an important area of focus for the Foundation because many people experiencing family problems struggle to use the law to improve their lives and address those problems. This is a unique opportunity to further access to justice for families through innovative projects.

Canadian Access to Justice Initiatives: Justice Development Goals Status Report

What are the access to justice initiatives that are currently underway in Canada and what are the areas where more work is needed? The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, in support of the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, recently conducted the first-ever national Access to Justice Development Goals Survey to gain insight into the state of access to justice in Canada.


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