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Innovation in action

Canadian Lawyer magazine recently published two stories about the Aspire Legal Access Initiative (“Aspire”), an initiative which I think represents the type of innovation A2JBC encourages. Aspire seeks to empower self-represented clients dealing with family law matters to navigate the system themselves with the support of affordable, limited scope services. Aspire’s model relies primarily on […]

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Engaging the legal profession: the BC Paralegal Association

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to the BC Paralegal Association Annual Fall Dinner on the access to justice challenges we face in our province. I was impressed to learn about the significant growth in membership of the BCPA, and to see so many paralegals coming together to celebrate their success and demonstrate their […]

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Launch of A2JBC’s new website

I am pleased to announce the launch of Access to Justice BC’s new website. The previous website was acting as a placeholder until we were better equipped to put together a site that would be more user-friendly, informative and interactive. Thanks to the contributions of many organizations and individuals, Access to Justice BC has been […]

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The Law Society’s role regarding public access to legal services

A recurring access to justice discussion has concerned the role of law societies in meeting the legal needs of the public. The Winter 2016 CBA National Magazine contains an article (“Should lawyers have a monopoly over the provision of legal services?”) arguing that lawyers are not meeting the public’s need for legal services, and that […]

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Invitation to lawyers to try something new (or not so new)

In a previous post, I mentioned some of the initiatives that Access to Justice BC has identified as areas for collaborative action. In this post, I will talk in a bit more detail about one of them. Collaborative efforts stemming from our February 11, 2016 Access to Justice BC Leadership Group meeting resulted in Access […]

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Why family law?

At the initial meeting of the members of the leadership group for Access to Justice BC, one of the first questions posed was, “What part of the justice system in British Columbia should be the first target?” It had already been determined that the criminal justice system was out of scope, and that the focus […]

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Talk doesn’t cook rice

From its inception, Access to Justice BC has viewed its role as fostering action and not just as a forum for discussion or report-writing. Discussion and reporting are valuable, but for this group, catalyzing action was always to be the focus. For that reason, one of our early tasks was to develop what we have […]

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Welcome from the Chief Justice

Welcome to the Access to Justice BC website. It is my sincere pleasure to launch what I anticipate will become a series of updates communicating the activities and progress of Access to Justice BC. I look forward to reaching people across our province who are interested in and concerned about the extent to which the […]

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