Canada’s civil justice system, with its record of adapting to societal change, is often viewed as one of the most effective and fair for addressing and resolving legal problems. However, the most critical issues facing our justice system today pertain to access and efficiency. In response, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice leads and participates in projects that strive to make the civil justice system more accessible, effective and sustainable. Through policy research and scholarship, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice supports policy makers and major stakeholders (the judiciary, lawyers, court administrators, Attorney Generals, Ministries of Justice), in developing effective evidence-based reforms to the Canadian civil justice system. The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice has been the leading, non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing civil justice reform through research and advocacy since 1998. It was established in response to recommendations presented in the Systems of Civil Justice Task Force Report released in 1996 by the Canadian Bar Association. This report sought to "develop strategies and mechanisms to facilitate modernization of the justice system so that it is better able to meet the current and future needs of Canadians." In 2011, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice relocated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta to York University where it is affiliated with York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School and the York Centre for Public Policy and Law.
As an independent organization, the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice is grateful for financial support from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Law Foundation of Alberta. For a complete list of funders please see our Supporters page. The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice aims to provide the general public with easily accessible information about research and developments in the civil justice system. We are a hub for policy research and scholarship that places the citizen at the centre of the civil justice system. We do not inform members of the general public about what their rights are or provide substantial content about the law in Canada.
Over the past year the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice has undergone a renewal process. We have enhanced our Clearinghouse and Inventory of Reforms – resources that chart the evolution of the civil justice system – and developed a dynamic new look. We are excited about our next chapter as an organization and as a national leader in the advancement of civil justice reform. Check back often to learn about our latest news and accomplishments. As always, we welcome your feedback.
Les Jacobs, PhD
Canadian Forum on Civil Justice