This group is the governing body of A2JBC. It currently has 30 members and is chaired by the Chief Justice of BC. Its membership includes leaders from within the justice system, from the public, and from other sectors.
The Steering Committee, chaired by the Chief Justice, oversees the ongoing work of A2JBC. The leaders of major justice stakeholders fill some of the seats at the Steering Committee table. These include the judiciary, Ministry of Justice, BC Aboriginal Justice Council, the Law Society, the Legal Services Society, the Law Foundation, and Courthouse Libraries BC. Other seats are for people who can bring diverse perspectives to the table including the academic community, community organizations serving justice system users, other disciplines, self-represented litigants and the public.
The Engagement Committee was first called the Communications Committee but was changed to reflect the fact that in order to be an effective access to justice network, A2JBC needed to do more than communicate – it also needed to engage not just the members of A2JBC groups and committees, but networks across the justice sector and beyond.
A2JBC Working Groups
A2JBC is itself an innovation, and like all innovations, needs to be agile. For this reason, it is keeping its infrastructure and committee system as non-bureaucratic as possible. Working Groups come and go as needed, and membership changes depending on the direction of the initiative. One example is the Measurement Working Group [Members] , which has worked on the Access to Justice Measurement Framework. It has completed that task and still has some work to do on developing a Guidebook to assist organizations in using the Measurement Framework. Once that work is done, it will likely disband. Other current working groups are associated with A2JBC Initiatives: