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The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters Convenes a Meeting of Provincial and Territorial A2J Groups

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

Monday, April 6, 2015

On March 13, 2015 the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters convened a meeting in Toronto for provincial and territorial access to justice groups. The groups, many of which were formed in response to recommendation 5.1 of the Action Committee’s Final Report (Fall 2013), met to discuss access to justice initiatives in their jurisdictions, highlight promising developments, and consider how to further collaborations and cooperation among justice stakeholders.

The meeting highlighted key issues of relationship building between local and national access to justice groups, public education and engagement, and innovation with the justice system. Discussions also included examining existing and potential groups structures, as well as the development of inclusive communication platforms and approaches to system wide A2J collaboration amongst the groups and with the public.

In preparation for the meeting, the provincial and territorial groups responded to a questionnaire prepared by the Action Committee. Some examples of the questionnaire responses include the following from: Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Nova Scotia. We anticipate posting more provincial and territorial updates as they become publicly available.

A full report on the meeting will be released this spring.

For more information on the Action Committee, visit: www.cfcj-fcjc.org/action-committee.