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Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters

The national Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters (Action Committee) is focused on fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic approach to reforms and coordinating the efforts of all participants concerned with civil and family justice.

Le Comité d’action est axé sur la promotion de l’engagement, poursuivant une approche stratégique de réformes et de coordonnant les efforts de tous les acteurs concernés à la justice civile et familiale.

The ongoing leadership of the Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin to raise issues relating to improving access to justice for all Canadians has done much to focus the attention and the energies of many who work within the justice system. The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters has emerged as a voice for system wide improvements. The Action Committee is focused on fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic approach to reforms and coordinating the efforts of all participants concerned with civil justice. To learn more about this project please see Chief Justice McLachlin’s speech from the 2012 Canadian Bar Association Council Meeting.

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice is pleased to play a support role in the execution of research and dissemination activities for the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters. Logistical support for the Action Committee is provided by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice / Institut canadien d’administration de la justice and the Department of Justice / Ministère de la Justice.

The national Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters gratefully acknowledges the following for providing in-kind or financial support:

Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges (CAPCJ) / Association Canadienne des Juges des Cours Provinciales (ACJCP)
Canadian Council of Chief Judges / Conseil Canadian Des Judges En Chef
Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association (CSCJA) / Association canadienne des juges des cours supérieures (ACJCS)
Federation of Law Societies of Canada / Fédération des ordres professionnels de juristes du Canada
Government of Canada – Department of Justice / Gouverement du Canada – Ministère de la Justice
Law Foundation of Ontario / La Fondation du droit de l’Ontario
Ministry of Justice – Province of British Columbia
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

A list of Action Committee member organizations is available here. On recommendation of the Action Committee’s Roadmap for Change report, Access to Justice Groups (A2J Groups) have been created in every province and territory. Each A2J Group has a representative on the Action Committee.