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Analysis and opinions from the leading voices in access to justice research.

Nudging the Paradigm Shift
Ab Currie, PhD
Oct 03, 2016

How do we define a legal problem? What is meant by justice and access to justice? What ought to be encompassed within the concept of a justice system? In "Nudging the Paradigm Shift, Everyday Legal Problems in Canada", Dr. Ab Currie, Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, discusses the responses to these questions in the context of legal need and frequently occurring everyday legal problems. He highlights a methodological approach that moves beyond problem resolution solely through the formal justice system and instead invites a more holistic way of viewing and delivering access to justice that considers both social and legal needs. What is needed for this paradigm shift to occur? Read Dr. Currie's paper in full here.

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
Sep 29, 2016

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice is thrilled to partner with the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) for the upcoming Civil Justice and Economics: A Matter of Value conference. The conference will take place from October 5-7 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa and will include a series of panels and presentations centred on the way that economic concepts can help us to understand and assess the effectiveness of the decisions stakeholders and key players make in the administration of justice. We look forward to discussing our Cost of Justice project, hearing from other expert panels and sharing in conversations around this theme.

To view the full conference program or to register, visit the conference page here.


Le Forum canadien sur la justice civile (FCJC) est heureux de travailler en partenariat avec L’Institut canadien d’administration de la justice (ICAJ) pour la conférence << Justice civile et économie : une question de... Read More

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
Sep 29, 2016

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice would like to express our sincere gratitude to the following for supporting our 2016 fundraising campaign:

The Yukon Department of Justice
The Nova Scotia Department of Justice
The Alberta Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General
The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice and Attorney General

Your support is vital to our access to justice research efforts and it also allows us to disemminate information that highlights opportunities for a more inclusive justice system.

We are immensely grateful.


The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
Jun 30, 2016

Le forum canadien sur la justice civile est très heureux d’annoncer que notre fiche descriptive sur les problèmes juridiques quotidiens et les coûts de la justice au Canada est présentement disponible en français! Cette fiche descriptive fait partie du projet sur les coûts de la justice (2011-2017) qui examine les coûts sociaux et économiques du système de justice canadien.

Les faits qui sont présentés au document sont des constatations clés de « Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report » rédigé par Trevor C.W. Farrow, Ab Currie, Nicole Aylwin, Les Jacobs, David Northrup et Lisa Moore.

Le projet sur les coûts de la justice est financé par une subvention du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines.

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice
Jun 30, 2016

Members of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice staff and research alliance presented research and findings from the SSHRC-funded Cost of Justice project at several conferences in Spring, 2016. Here are the links to the slides from some of those presentations:

Law and Society 2016 Annual Conference : Discussing the Future of Access to Justice Research

The Access to Social Justice Symposium, Building A2SJ: An Interdisciplinary Conversation About Problems and Soutions : The Economics of Justice and Injustice

International Development Research Centre and the Open Society Justice Initiative : Accesible Justice: Cost and... Read More