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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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Engaging the legal profession: the BC Paralegal Association

October 23, 2017

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to the BC Paralegal Association Annual Fall Dinner on the access to justice challenges we face in our province. I was impressed to learn about the significant growth in membership of the BCPA,…

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Launch of A2JBC’s new website

September 5, 2017

I am pleased to announce the launch of Access to Justice BC’s new website. The previous website was acting as a placeholder until we were better equipped to put together a site that would be more user-friendly, informative and interactive.…

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The Law Society’s role regarding public access to legal services

March 3, 2017

A recurring access to justice discussion has concerned the role of law societies in meeting the legal needs of the public. The Winter 2016 CBA National Magazine contains an article (“Should lawyers have a monopoly over the provision of legal…

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Invitation to lawyers to try something new (or not so new)

November 15, 2016

In a previous post, I mentioned some of the initiatives that Access to Justice BC has identified as areas for collaborative action. In this post, I will talk in a bit more detail about one of them. Collaborative efforts stemming…

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Why family law?

August 11, 2016

At the initial meeting of the members of the leadership group for Access to Justice BC, one of the first questions posed was, “What part of the justice system in British Columbia should be the first target?” It had already…

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