An access to justice movement is about action across the justice system. The more the movement takes off, the more justice system stakeholders will be engaged in access-to-justice innovation. One of A2JBC’s roles is to inspire innovation.
Innovation initiatives are ways of starting small to test things out. From small beginnings, initiatives can become transformative if they feed into bigger change. A2JBC, by connecting justice system stakeholders, provides opportunities to share what can be learned from individual initiatives to stimulate further innovation.
Transforming the justice system requires a shift in the way the justice system approaches justice improvement. This is the A2JBC approach: collaborative, user-centred, experimental, and evidence- informed. A2JBC supports justice system stakeholders in applying this approach.
It was decided in February 2016 to encourage the development of a small number of A2JBC initiatives to test and demonstrate the A2JBC approach. These initiatives are collaborative and rely on justice system stakeholders for implementation.
A2JBC identified family and Aboriginal issues as its two initial priorities. During 2016, three family initiatives emerged, which hold the promise of making a difference to BC families experiencing separation or divorce in accessing justice. A2JBC is working with the BC Aboriginal Justice Council to identify a fourth initiative in the area of Indigenous child well-being where it intersects with the justice system.
The three family initiatives are:
The purpose of the A2JBC Unbundling initiative is to improve access to justice for BC families experiencing separation or divorce by encouraging more BC family lawyers to offer unbundled legal services to the public and to connect those lawyers to families who need such services.
The purpose of the Presumptive Consensual Dispute Resolution (CDR) initiative is to improve access to justice for BC families experiencing separation or divorce by encouraging, when appropriate, the use of CDR processes instead of the more expensive and stress-producing court process.
Family Justice Pathfinder
The purpose of the Family Justice Pathfinder is to improve access to justice for BC families experiencing separation or divorce by connecting them with affordable services they need (legal and other) to help them identify and navigate successfully the pathway that works best for them.