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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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Get ready for Access to Justice Week 2019!

October 24, 2019

Access to Justice Week is next week, October 28 to November 1, 2019, and you can feel the access to justice momentum with this week’s Proclamation in the BC legislature. BC held an Access to Justice Week last year, but…

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The Triple Aim: A cross-sector vision

June 12, 2019

This morning, A2JBC was proud to issue a media release advising that more than 50 justice sector organizations have signed onto the Access to Justice Triple Aim. The Triple Aim, borrowed from the health care sector, is a single goal…

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“It’s the economy, stupid”

May 30, 2019

[This blog post was previously published on The Access Revolution, a collaborative blog hosted by Dr. Julie Macfarlane and the National Self-Represented Litigants Project.] Sorry for the pejorative. It’s me quoting Professor Gillian Hadfield quoting James Carville, who famously advised…

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Is the justice system ready to innovate?

December 14, 2018

On November 20, 2018, A2JBC’s Leadership Group convened at the Telus Innovation Centre for a stimulating day of conversation about opportunities for innovation in the justice system. To start, we heard how artificial intelligence can assist BC doctors and patients…

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