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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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Face the strange*

October 17, 2018

One of A2JBC’s messages has been that improving access to the justice system will require taking some risks. A2JBC has also said that effective change will require collaboration and experimentation. We will need to explore ideas that may seem threatening…

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Understanding the value of alternative dispute resolution

June 19, 2018

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice recently released a report evaluating different dispute resolution methods in family law matters. The report was based on a survey that asked family lawyers for their views on the usefulness of collaborative settlement processes,…

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Self-help success stories

February 8, 2018

Visitors to our website will know that many individuals in BC have difficulty affording a lawyer and end up representing themselves in Court when they have a legal dispute. A2JBC supports various innovations that seek to reduce the barriers that…

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Access to justice for children and youth

December 6, 2017

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with lawyers from the Child and Youth Legal Centre, launched earlier this fall. Donna Maser, managing lawyer, and Suzette Narbonne, child and youth lawyer, described the Centre’s mandate: to advance the legal…

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Innovation in action

November 2, 2017

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…

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