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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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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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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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