When Access to Justice BC first began to take form, it was clear that A2JBC should be oriented towards the needs of British Columbians experiencing everyday legal problems. The whole purpose of A2JBC has been to align the disparate elements of the justice system to pursue the unified goal of increasing access to justice by…

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People’s legal problems have not taken a hiatus during the Covid-19 pandemic. In what for some has felt like the longest year of their lives, holiday celebrations, weddings and birthdays have been canceled and postponed, yet legal problems continue to emerge, in some cases exacerbated by the pandemic. Since the pandemic’s onset, Access Pro Bono…

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This blog post is an adaptation of Chief Justice Bauman’s remarks at an event last week marking the retirement of Jane Morley, Q.C., from her role as Strategic Coordinator for Access to Justice BC. You know you are leaving a legacy when your name is synonymous with the organization you have grown and nurtured from…

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Mark your calendars – the week of January 24th to January 31st, 2021 has been proclaimed Access to Justice Week in the province of British Columbia! Access to Justice Week is an opportunity to engage with the access to justice movement taking place in British Columbia and beyond. It is a great way to start…

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The Law Society of British Columbia regulates the legal profession in our province in the public interest. In my brief remarks when I swore in the new president and Benchers of the Law Society in January of this year—pre-pandemic, a long time ago—I ad-libbed (always a dangerous activity for a judge!) along the lines of:…

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At the most recent meeting of the A2JBC Leadership Group on October 27, 2020, we heard Indigenous leaders, lawyers and academics speak powerfully about how Indigenous people experience the justice system. The meeting focused in particular on “micro-discriminations” or “micro-aggressions”, which are the myriad ways (some not “micro” at all) that society’s racist prejudices are…

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This blog post is based on the Advocates’ Society Keynote delivered February 20, 2020. Full text of the speech is available here. “At the end of the day, we need and will continue to need people who can listen carefully, respond thoughtfully, and disagree civilly; who can identify the real issues, martial the relevant facts,…

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At the most recent meeting of the A2JBC Leadership Group on October 30, 2019, I was grateful for the opportunity to hear the perspective of experts, advocates and justice system participants on the topic of adverse childhood experience. The challenge posed to the group was how we—as leaders inside and outside of the justice system—can…

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