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The Cost of Experiencing Everyday Legal Problems related to Mental and Physical Health, Social Assistance, Unemployment and Loss of Housing

Researchers at the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) have published three new Cost of Justice reports that explore some of the frequently overlooked consequences of experiencing serious civil and family justice problems in Canada. Beyond the out-of-pocket monetary costs of everyday legal problems, millions of Canadians experience physical and mental health problems, loss of…

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Access to Justice: Katie Sykes on Designing Legal Expert Systems

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on January 4, 2018. It is the fourth article in The Honourable Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice. Innovation can be a driver of improved access to justice. But our profession is not noted for being at the forefront…

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Issue of the Month

Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments Should Implement Legal Aid Impact Statements

In a recent anthology on issues in legal aid, Professor Mary Anne Noone from Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia proposed that legal aid impact statements become a requirement. In so doing, this would allow governments and others to take account of the downstream impacts that changes to legislation or policy proposed by governments have on…

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Access to Justice: Interview with Justice George Czutrin

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on October 16, 2017 as part of Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive The Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice. It is part one of a two-part interview with The Honourable Justice George Czutrin. Family law is a flash point for access to justice. Some…

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CFCJ Senior Research Fellow, Les Jacobs Elected to The Royal Society of Canada

We are thrilled to offer our most heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Les Jacobs on being elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Jacobs has long been a member of the CFCJ family, serving in various capacities over the years including as Academic Director and Executive Director. Dr. Jacobs is currently a Senior Research Fellow…

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Access to Justice: The Action-Oriented, Result-Driven Views of John Sims

This article originally appeared on The Lawyer’s Daily on August 31, 2017. It is the third article in Thomas Cromwell’s exclusive The Lawyer’s Daily column dedicated to access to civil and family justice. John Sims was recently named a Member of the Order of Canada for his commitment to access to justice and for his…

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