This blog post is based on the Chief Justice’s speech delivered at the June 7, 2022 launch event On June 7, 2022—nearly three years after the signing of the Access to Justice Triple Aim—I was pleased to take part in the launch of the Transform the Family Justice System (TFJS) Collaborative. The TFJS Collaborative arises…

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We are mid-way through Access to Justice Week in British Columbia. Congratulations to the many organizers and volunteers whose work has supported the week’s events and activities, which are listed on the Access to Justice Week BC website. As a brief round-up, some of the events happening this week include: February 7th – Mediate BC…

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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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