Learn what the real costs of legal issues are and divert funding to prevent legal issues and minimize the demand on other social services
Increase funding of legal aid, to make more people eligible and to expand the types of legal problems that are eligible
Maintain the focus on access to justice to ensure that improvements can be sustained and changes are funded indefinitely
Stable funding for legal services is critical to existing and new access to justice services. Improved funding strategies would see more money allocated to legal aid in Canada, as well as to preventative approaches to understanding and managing conflict. It also means strategic use of that money by leveraging opportunities to work together, to avoid duplication and to learn from each other. Understanding the impact of unresolved legal conflict on people’s finances, as well as on publicly funded services is also a part of a complex funding strategy.
In 2019, there was a significant dialogue across the country on the value of funding access to justice. An important study highlighting the positive return on investment in justice funding was countermanded by legal aid cuts in some provinces. The justice sector urged the bolstering of core funding for legal aid, showing support and recognition for the value of legal aid at all levels of government.
© 2019 Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters