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Is “Business” a Dirty Word in Law?

I remember being told at law school (not that long ago) that lawyers were more than “mere” legal plumbers.  The implication was that law was a profession (i.e. good, reputable), not a vocation (i.e. bad, dirty).  And indeed, as Professor Wesley Pue has noted, there is a long history within the legal profession of praising...

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The National Self-Represented Litigants Project

“I have no choice – I am unrepresented not self represented. Its not that I think I can do this better than a lawyer, I have no choice. I don’t have $350 an hour to pay a lawyer.” “I was scared out of my mind. But I had a hard choice – either learning to...

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Reaching Equal Justice: An Invitation to Envision and Act

The post was originally published on the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog. The year is 2030 and all people living in Canada have equal access to justice regardless of means, capacity or social situation.  The justice system is designed around people’s needs taking into consideration differences in the legal needs of different individuals and groups...

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Climbing the HiiL of innovation: A book review of Innovating Justice: Developing New Ways to Bring Fairness Between People

Innovating Justice by Sam Muller and the team at The Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (HiiL) is a very timely and valuable source of ideas about developing and implementing innovations in the justice field. Based on their pioneering work at the Justice Innovation Lab in The Hague, the authors provide food for thought...

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Breaking the Barriers to Family Justice

On July 22, 2013, the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) released the final report for their Family Law Project: “Increasing Access to Family Justice through Comprehensive Entry Points and Inclusivity”. The report, which the result of over three years of consultation and study, makes a number of innovative recommendations and adds a welcome voice to...

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Accessing justice… from the cottage?

In August I get more of “Out of the Office” automatic email replies than any other month. I suspect (and am very envious of the fact) that many people have fled their offices, trading them in for lakes, canoes, cottages and long summer days on the beach. So in honour of this exodus, and as...

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