7.1 Keep track of what is working

Create a culture of innovation in the justice system by focusing on new ideas and learning about successes and failures

7.2 Share good ideas

Promote the sharing of new models, ideas and successes to expand the impact of innovation

Progress in 2018

There are genuine challenges to innovation in the justice sector, including the need to protect the independence of the judiciary and the bar that creates separation between institutions and groups. The culture of précèdent and tradition has hindered experimentation. Given the extent of the A2J challenge, the sector is changing, adopting new thinking, flexibility, experimentation and user-centered approaches.

The legal system has a history of slow evolution rooted in precedent and case law. Its culture is at odds with the culture of innovation and experimentation. It has maintained a separation between legal institutions and public organizations as one of the ways to protect the independence of the judiciary and the bar. However, the access to justice challenge faced by many Canadians demands new thinking, flexibility, experimentation and user-centered approaches.

Innovation is often associated with technological changes, many of which are transforming how disputes are resolved. It also applies to how people deliver services or approach access to justice issues. These are some of the ways that the legal system innovated over 2018. 

Click here to learn about 2018 activities to advance Goal 7: Innovate

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:

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Organization’s French Website


People's Law School



Thomson Rivers University



Legal Services Society



Ministry of Attorney General



BC Judicial Council




Canadian Forum on Civil Justice


Forum Canadien Sur La Justice Civile

Action Committee On Access To Justice In Civil And Family Matters


Objectifs De Développement En Matière De Justice


Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg




Nova Scotia Barristers' Society



Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia



NS Family Law




Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution



Legal Innovation Zone, Ryerson University



The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)


Groupe D’Action Sur L’Accès À La Justice

Ministry of the Attorney General


Ministère du Procureur Général


Ministry of Justice



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