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Access to Justice: Highs and Lows of Pro Bono Week

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on November 5, 2018. It is the twelfth article in The Honourable Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice. The last week of October is Pro Bono Week, a global celebration of the pro bono ethic in our profession. Across...

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CFCJ Publishes New Cost of Justice Reports

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) has published three new reports based on data from their Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada study. EVERYDAY LEGAL PROBLEMS AND THE COST OF JUSTICE IN CANADA – SURVEY DATA The full data set from the CFCJ’s Everyday Legal Problems and Cost of Justice...

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Legal Secondary Consultation is a Valuable Addition to the Services Available from Three Community Legal Clinics in Southwest Ontario

Between April and October of 2016, three community legal clinics put in place legal secondary consultation (LSC) on a pilot project basis. The clinics are Halton Community Legal Services, the Community Legal Clinic of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk and the legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County. The pilot projects were a success in each...

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Unbundled Legal Services and Access to Justice

Limited scope retainers (commonly known as “unbundled legal services”) have become increasingly touted as a way to improve access to justice. An unbundling agreement consists of a lawyer or paralegal providing services for part(s) of a client’s legal matter. For example, under an unbundled legal services agreement, a lawyer may help a litigant draft and...

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CFCJ Launches Three-year International Research Project to Scale Community-Based Justice

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice is thrilled to announce the launch of a three-year, international research project to assess the costs, benefits and opportunities for increasing access to community-based justice services in Canada, Kenya, Sierra Leone and South Africa. Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Community-Based Justice Research (CBJR) project is...

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A New Call To Action To Improve Access To Justice

At a UN summit in 2015, world leaders identified 17 universal threats to the well-being, safety and advancement of people worldwide and to environmental sustainability. The result was the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Officially in effect since January 2016, the SDGs aim to galvanize national and international efforts around an agenda that promotes equity,...

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