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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)

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 services. So many people...

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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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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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