Work together

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5.1 Establish coordinated efforts

Bring all of the organizations involved in access to justice in each province or territory together to focus on local solutions

5.2 Include everyone

Involve the major institutions (courts, governments) professional groups (lawyers’ associations), community groups and non-profits (clinics, PLE providers), academics and individuals to find new creative approaches

5.3 Be bold; Take action

Local and national coordination must lead, take action and inspire others to tackle access to justice

5.4 Work within institutions

In addition to coordinating across the justice system, access to justice should be a serious focus within judges’ organizations, lawyers’ and paralegals’ associations, courts and institutions

5.5 Coordinate across Canada

Keep momentum and sustained attention to these issues across the country to complement local and regional activity


Progress in 2018

A focus on collaboration is a shift in the culture of the justice system. The sector has historically been siloed into professional groups, divided by jurisdiction and focused on maintaining the independence of judges and lawyers by segregating institutions.

In response to the Action Committee’s Roadmap for Change, issued in 2014, a collaborative group or committee has been established in each province or territory in the country. Each year, the Action Committee meets for its annual Summit bringing together representatives from these provincial / territorial collaboratives and representatives of the justice sector institutions to coordinate access to justice efforts. The Action Committee has also created two vehicles to share access

to justice ideas in Canada. Anyone involved in access to justice can subscribe to its monthly A2J Newsletter to receive highlights of interesting projects and innovative approaches. The Access to Justice Research Network, hosted by the CFCJ, is a community of researchers working in universities and in community organizations, sharing research results, academic writing and new thinking on these issues. Links to these two communication tools and other Action Committee news can be found at justicedevelopmentgoals.ca 

Click here to learn about 2018 activities to advance Goal 5: Work Together

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

 

Read the 2017 Report: Tracking Progress on Canada's JDGs:

 

Organizations advancing this Goal:

Organization’s English Website

 

Organization’s French Website

CANADA-WIDE

 

 

Federation of Law Societies of Canada

 

Fédération Des Ordres Professionels De Juristes Du Canada

ADR Institute of Canada

 

Institut D’Arbitrage et De Médiation Du Canada

Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters

 

Objectifs De Développement En Matière De Justice

ALBERTA

Reforming the Family Justice System

 

 

ACES

 

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

UVIC Access to Justice Centre of Excellence (ACE)

 

 

Click Law

 

 

A2J BC

 

 

Ministry of the Attorney General

 

 

MANITOBA

Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg

 

 

Law Society of Manitoba

 

 

Community Legal Education Association

 

 

NEW BRUNSWICK

Ministry of Justice

 

Services À La Justice

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

 

 

Ministry of Justice

 

 

NOVA SCOTIA

Access to Justice Coordinating Committee

 

 

Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary

 

 

ONTARIO

Community Legal Education Ontario

 

Éducation Juridique Communautaire Ontario

Law Society of Ontario

 

Barreau de L’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

Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution

 

 

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Law Society of PEI

 

 

Ministry of Justice

 

Justice et Sécurité Publique

Community Legal Information Association PEI

 

 

QUEBEC

Educaloi

 

Educaloi

SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group

 

 

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