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Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples: Invitation to launch reception

Sent on behalf of Sonia Bjorkquist, President, The Advocates’ Society

The Advocates’ Society, established in 1963, is a not-for-profit association of more than 6,000 members throughout Canada. The mandate of The Advocates’ Society includes, among other things, contributing to the improvement of access to justice, the administration of justice and the practice of law by advocates.

New report from CFCJ: An Evaluation of the Cost of Family Law Disputes

Measuring the Cost Implication of Various Dispute Resolution Methods

What does it cost to resolve a family law dispute in Canada? Among the processes commonly used to resolve family law problems, are there significant differences in the time that it takes to resolve a problem, client satisfaction, cost, the ability to address urgent problems or the ability to arrive at decisions in the interests of children?

Indigenous Justice Program releases resource guide for Atlantic Canada

March 9, 2018 announcement from the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of P.E.I.

Providing a general introduction to justice issues for people who work with Indigenous clients in the Atlantic Canadian justice system, the Guide is titled “Bringing Balance to the Scales of Justice: Fulfilling our Responsibility to Indigenous People Involved in the Justice System”.

Nova Scotia RCMP extends Eagle feather province-wide as an option to swear legal oaths

RCMP-NS news release | March 8, 2018

In a March 8 ceremony at Nova Scotia RCMP Headquarters, the Eagle feather initiative was extended province-wide as an option to swear legal oaths. Detachment Commanders/supervisors were presented with Eagle feathers for their detachment areas.

L’AJEFNE: Access to justice milestone for Nova Scotia family law

8 mars 2018 communiqué de presse (English version follows)

L’association des juristes d’expression française de la Nouvelle-Écosse (AJEFNE) est heureuse d’annoncer qu’un couple de Chéticamp a obtenu un divorce non contesté en français en Nouvelle-Écosse en 2017. C'est Madame​ la Juge Deborah Gass de la Cour suprême à Port-Hawkesbury qui a signé l'ordonnance de divorce. Il s'agit probablement d'un premier divorce en français en Nouvelle-Écosse et possiblement un premier en dehors des provinces du Nouveau-Brunswick, du Québec, de l'Ontario et du Manitoba.

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.


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