Bring all of the organizations involved in access to justice in each province or territory together to focus on local solutions
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
Local and national coordination must lead, take action and inspire others to tackle access to justice
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
Keep momentum and sustained attention to these issues across the country to complement local and regional activity
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 to 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 many ways 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 communications tools and other Action Committee news can be found at justicedevelopmentgoals.ca.
In 2019, the justice sector partnered with the health sector, libraries and social services workers to increase access to justice for vulnerable communities. Coordinated and collaborative initiatives showcased A2J and strengthened the capacity of service providers.
How did we work together in 2019? >>>
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