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Nicole Aylwin, Jul 31, 2014

An exciting new approach to addressing access to justice issues in BC's family justice system is underway!

Read about BC's pioneering Family Justice Social Lab in Kari D. Boyle's great SLAW post.

The idea for the BC Family Justice Social Lab grew out of a two-day workshop funded by the BC Law Foundation/Legal Services Society Research Fund and facilitated by Adam Kahane and Monica Pohlmann of Reos Partners.

Some resources...

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Nicole Aylwin, Jul 23, 2014

In November of 2013, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General convened leaders in the civil and family justice system at a "Joint Action Forum" to begin a process to improve access to justice in Alberta's civil and family justice system. 

A summary report, entitled "What Was Heard", captures the discussions that took place at Joint Action Forum and is now available online.

This effective report lays out several “visions” for the Alberta civil and family justice system. These visions paint a picture of a justice system that:

  • Provides...
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John-Paul Boyd, Jul 11, 2014

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada has just released a draft report for public comment, "The Right to Legal Aid: How BC's Legal Aid System Fails to Comply with International Law." The authors argue that reductions in funding leave "even the most basic legal aid needs of British Columbians" unmet, with a disproportionate impact on women and marginalized groups, which ultimately undermines the "entire justice system." The authors note that the inadequate funding of legal aid has social impacts that extend far beyond the justice system to affect the "social fabric of British Columbians and their...

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Michaela Keet, Jun 24, 2014
The Dean’s Forum was born out of a vision to use the Law College to initiate conversation among  ‘system stakeholders’ about Access to Justice.  The driving objective was the design of an action plan.  With two Forum gatherings (in Sept. ’13 and March ’14), a law school course attached to the project, and two funded summer research positions, the Forum has gained momentum.  Its creative structure – and the involvement of a committed group of law students – has been key.   
 
The attached summary outlines the Dean’s Forum...
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Deborah Doherty, Jun 04, 2014

I would like to share the Findings of an Evaluation Study that was undertaken to assess the impact of family law workshops for individuals handling their own family law matters.  This initiative was developed by Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick with Access to Justice funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario.  The evaluation shows that individuals who participated in the workshop felt better prepared to complete court forms, more knowledgeable about navigating the family justice system and much less stressed.  In fact, as a result of...

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John-Paul Boyd, Jun 02, 2014

In a recent meeting with the editorial board of the Edmonton Journal, Premier Dave Hancock expressed his enthusiasm for a unified family court. Quoting from an article published in the Calgary Herald in 27 May 2014

“It would be more efficient if we had — I’m going to say this out loud and get in trouble — a unified family court, so that there was one court that dealt with all of the issues with respect to child, family, divorce, and...

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Mark Benton, Apr 07, 2014

From Jacqueline Wood at LSS:

 It’s been a year since the Family Law Act came into force and that year has been a big one for our Family Law in BC website (FLWS). On March 18, 2013, the Family Law Act (FLA) came into force, bringing major changes to family law in BC. Leading up to that date, the FLWS was completely overhauled so that it was 100% accurate for the new law.

With a change in law that big, you’d expect the FLWS to get some extra attention. We did. What we didn’t expect though was the scale of the attention and how...

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