family justice


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


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




Pro Bono Law Alberta



Alberta Legal Information Society


Alberta Legal Information Society

Aspire Legal Access Initiative



Reforming the Family Justice System




Ministry of Attorney General



Legal Services Society






Mediate BC



LSBC / Mediate BC



Supreme Court




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




Public Legal Education and Information Society –New Brunswick


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


Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador




Department of Justice (Court Services)


Services Judiciaires Du Ministère de la Justice

Nova Scotia Courts




NWT Justice


NWT Justice

NWT Legal Aid Commission


Gouvernement des territories du Nord-Ouest


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


Community Legal Information Association PEI



Ministry of Justice


Justice et Sécurité Publique


Pro Bono Quebec


Pro Bono Quebec


Ministry of Justice



Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan



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