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Access To Justice: Diana Lowe On Support For Families As They Restructure

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on July 30, 2018. It is the tenth article in The Honourable Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice. Alberta has been engaged for several years in an ambitious family law reform effort. I spoke to Diana Lowe, co-lead of...

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Access to Justice: Action Committee Looks at Problems, Innovative Solutions

La version française suit. This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on June 20, 2018. It is the eighth article in The Honourable Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice. Access to justice leaders from coast to coast to coast met for two and one-half days in...

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Legal Secondary Consultation (LSC) Pilot Project Final Report

Legal secondary consultation (LSC) is an innovative and promising legal aid delivery model in which a legal service professional provides one-on-one advice to a service provider in a social services agency or a community organization. This assists the provider to resolve problems for clients seeking help. The final report by CFCJ senior research fellow, Dr....

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Access to Justice: Current Crop of Law Students Committed, Enthusiastic

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on April 18, 2018. It is the seventh article in The Honourable Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice. It is easy to get discouraged by the slow pace of progress on improving access to justice. But a constant source...

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Access to Civil Justice in Canada Has Been In a Steady State, But a Bit Low

Since 2009 the World Justice Project (WJP) has gathered data measuring the rule of law in countries around the world. One of the eight components of the WJP Rule of Law Index is Access to Civil Justice. Canada’s overall score on the access to civil justice dimension was 0.72 in the 2016 Rule of Law...

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New Research on the Suitability and Cost of Family Law Dispute Resolution Processes

There is perhaps no area of civil law where the emotional and far-reaching effects of disputes weigh as heavily on those experiencing them as family law. There is now wide-scale recognition from within the justice community of the need for reforms in family law that reflect progressive values, which offer a continuum of adversarial and...

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