Work together


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 

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:

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Organization’s French Website




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


Reforming the Family Justice System







UVIC Access to Justice Centre of Excellence (ACE)



Click Law






Ministry of the Attorney General




Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg



Law Society of Manitoba



Community Legal Education Association




Ministry of Justice


Services À La Justice


Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador



Ministry of Justice




Access to Justice Coordinating Committee



Executive Office of the Nova Scotia Judiciary




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




Law Society of PEI



Ministry of Justice


Justice et Sécurité Publique

Community Legal Information Association PEI








Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group



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