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An “ordinary” legal problem; an extraordinary person

May 27, 2021

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…

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The pandemic-era justice system: one year in

May 5, 2021

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…

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Appreciation for Jane Morley, Q.C., on her retirement from A2JBC

March 2, 2021

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…

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A2JBC takes first steps in leadership to transform the Family Justice System

January 28, 2021

In December, I blogged about aspiring to be a butterfly rather than a cautious caterpillar in choosing to transform the family justice system. I hinted at a significant strategy on its way, aimed at achieving that transformation. I am proud…

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Access to Justice Week is Approaching!

January 13, 2021

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…

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Butterfly or caterpillar? It’s time for transformation of the family justice system

December 3, 2020

“We have arrived at that point in history where we need to make an intentional choice: do we continue to be the cautious caterpillar, a justice system married to an adversarial process for families, to an ethic of rights and…

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Preserve what matters; innovate where necessary

November 19, 2020

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…

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An “ecology of exclusion”: Indigenous people’s experiences of the justice system

November 5, 2020

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”,…

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In praise of advocacy, and a challenge to the legal profession

March 12, 2020

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,…

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Putting children at the centre

December 9, 2019

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…

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