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4.1 Offer a broad range of services

Make family law services easier to find, including triage, early intervention, integrated and collaborative processes, parenting and financial services

4.2 Promote consensual resolution

Develop and expand proactive management of family issues and more consensual approaches and services, maintaining a focus on safety

4.3 Innovate

Educate people about less adversarial approaches and experiment with new services and processes to create opportunities for consensus resolution

4.4 Restructure family courts

Locate all of the aspects of family law in the same place, including separation, custody and access, and divorce, ideally under one judge


Progress in 2018

Family law continues to be a major focus of access to justice efforts in Canada. The majority of self-represented litigants in Canadian courts are dealing with the legal aspects of separation and divorce, or are managing the ongoing custody and financial arrangements between parents.

Legal clinics and public legal information services have long focused on helping people understand the processes, forms and options in family disputes. Family courts, lawyers and mediators continue to provide direct legal services while alternative approaches work to reduce conflicts or avoid legal disputes altogether. In addition to the specialized focus on judges and lawyers delivering these ongoing legal services, 2018 saw many new initiatives that strive to create more accessible paths to family law resolution. 

Click here to learn about 2018 activities to advance Goal 4: Improve Family Justice

 

Read the whole report here: Working Toward Accessible Justice: Tracking Progress on the JDGs in 2018

 

Read the 2017 Report here: Tracking Action on Canada's JDG's

 

Organizations Advancing this Goal

Organization’s English Website

 

Organization’s French Website

CANADA-WIDE

National Self-Represented Litigants Project

 

 

Pro Bono Students Canada

 

Réseau National D’étudiant(e)s Pro Bono

Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family

 

 

ALBERTA

Pro Bono Law Alberta

 

 

Alberta Legal Information Society

 

Alberta Legal Information Society

Aspire Legal Access Initiative

 

 

Reforming the Family Justice System

 

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Ministry of Attorney General

 

 

Legal Services Society

 

 

A2J BC

 

 

Mediate BC

 

 

LSBC / Mediate BC

 

 

Supreme Court

 

 

MANITOBA

Community Legal Education Association

 

 

Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg

 

 

Department of Justice

 

Department of Justice

Manitoba Courts

 

Les Tribunaux Du Manitoba

The Law Society of Manitoba

 

 

NEW BRUNSWICK

Public Legal Education and Information Society –New Brunswick

 

Service Public D’Education et D’Information Juridiques du Nouveau-Brunswick

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

 

 

NOVA SCOTIA

Department of Justice (Court Services)

 

Services Judiciaires Du Ministère de la Justice

Nova Scotia Courts

 

 

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

NWT Justice

 

NWT Justice

NWT Legal Aid Commission

 

Gouvernement des territories du Nord-Ouest

ONTARIO

Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution

 

 

Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University

 

 

LSO / Ministry of the Attorney General

 

Le Barreau et le ministère du Procureur général ontario

 

Ontario Justice Education Network

 

Réseau Ontarien D’Education Juridique

The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)

 

Groupe D’Action Sur L’Accès À La Justice

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Community Legal Information Association PEI

 

 

Ministry of Justice

 

Justice et Sécurité Publique

QUEBEC

Pro Bono Quebec

 

Pro Bono Quebec

SASKATCHEWAN

Ministry of Justice

 

 

Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan

 

 

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