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Important dates

bullet Envisioning Equal Justice Summit

For summary and pictures, click here.

bullet Envisioning Equal Justice Report to be tabled at the Canadian Legal Conference (details coming in 2013)

August 18 – 20, 2013
TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK



Canada ranked 9th among 12 European and North American countries in a 2011 World Justice Project analysis of access to civil justice.

These are the criteria on which countries were assessed:

• People are aware of available remedies.
• People can access and afford legal advice and representation.
• People can access and afford civil courts.
• Civil justice is free of discrimination.
• Civil justice is free of corruption.
• Civil justice is free of improper government influence.
• Civil justice is not subject to unreasonable delays.
• Civil justice is effectively enforced.
• ADR systems are accessible, impartial, and effective.

Canada should be a leader. Not near the bottom of the pack.

A legal crisis in Canada

The media often talk about the crisis in health care or the education system. What about the decline of Canada’s justice system?


CBA’s new Envisioning Equal Justice Project

Everyone, regardless of income level, must be able to use the remedies that Canadian laws and the Canadian legal system provide. Otherwise, there is no justice.

The CBA is putting more resources into its on-going efforts to respond to the access to justice crisis in Canada:


a) What’s getting in the way of improving access to justice in Canada?

Lack of political profile
• no one “owns” this complex, generally invisible problem

Lack of coordination
• new initiatives take place in isolation leading to a duplication of efforts

Lack of information
• gaps in knowledge, no agreed upon measures of success


b) Three strategies

  1. Research: constructing the building blocks for change
  2. Communications: changing the conversation
  3. Coordination: contributing to a common vision on how to improve access to justice in Canada



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