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About the Action Committee

About the Action Committee

There is a serious access to justice problem in Canada. The civil and family justice system is too complex, too slow and too expensive. It is too often incapable of producing just outcomes that are proportional to the problems brought to it or reflective of the needs of the people it is meant to serve. While there are many dedicated people trying hard to make it work and there have been many reform efforts, the system continues to lack coherent leadership, institutional structures that can design and implement change, and appropriate coordination to ensure consistent and cost effective reform. Major change is needed.

The Action Committee, established by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin in 2007. It continues to bring people together to examine solutions on this critical issue.


The Action Committee’s Mandate

The Action Committee provides high-profile national leadership to advance access to civil and family justice in Canada through:

AWARENESS – Raising awareness of the pressing need for improved access to civil and family justice in Canada.

VISION – Advancing a public-centered, comprehensive and broadly shared vision of access to civil and family justice in Canada, based on the Action Committee’s nine Justice Development Goals related to innovation, institutions and structures, and research and funding.

ENGAGEMENT – Promoting broad institutional and public commitment to improve access to justice.

COLLABORATION – Supporting collaboration in access to civil and family justice reform.

INNOVATION – Fostering innovation, research and evaluation in civil and family justice.