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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.[1] 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[1] of the need for reforms in family law that reflect progressive values, which offer a continuum of adversarial and…

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An Evaluation of the Cost of Family Law Disputes: Measuring the Cost Implication of Various Dispute Resolution Methods

The Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF), in partnership with the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) have published a new report on the cost implications of four dispute resolution methods used to resolve family law disputes in Canada: collaborative settlement processes, mediation, arbitration and litigation. The study uses findings from a…

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Access to Justice: Rise Women’s Legal Centre Connecting With Diverse Communities (Part Two)

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on March 1, 2018. It is the sixth article in The Honourable Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice and the second part of a two-part interview with Kim Hawkins, executive director of the Rise Women’s Legal Centre in Vancouver….

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Access to Justice: How the Rise Women’s Legal Centre Helps the Most Marginalized (Part One)

[La version française suit.] This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on February 23, 2018. It is the fifth article in The Honourable Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice. One of the biggest of the access to justice challenges is the gap in availability of legal…

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Reports cite heavy toll of legal problems on Canadian society

This article was originally published by The Lawyer’s Daily (www.thelawyersdaily.ca), part of LexisNexis Canada Inc. The price paid for legal problems is not just made up of dollars and cents, but with impacts on health, loss of employment and an increased reliance on social assistance, reports the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ). Three reports…

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