This is the first of the Committee’s planned updates on progress since releasing the Reaching Equal Justice report. Since last December, the report and its goals in general were endorsed by the CBA’s governing body (in February 2014). To begin the task of updating CBA policy on equal justice, the Committee proposed four resolutions to the CBA Legal Conference in St. John’s in August 2014, and all were passed:
The Committee has launched collaborations with important allies on various targets over recent months:
- With Public Legal Education and Information (PLEI) and Legal Aid colleagues, we developed a series of Legal Health Checks for Law Day in April 2014. More are contemplated as part of our goal of Facilitating Everyday Justice.
- With Pro Bono Students Canada, we are beginning a project to build an Equal Justice Junction, a website that brings together all activities to improve access to justice at the provincial/territorial level. This initiative also includes law students in CBA’s access to justice work and is a step toward improved coordination of work on equal justice.
- This fall we will participate in PLEI providers’ annual conference, the Pro Bono Biannual Conference, and will continue to support the work of the National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters (chaired by Hon. Justice Thomas Cromwell).
Finally, the Committee is developing a multi-year workplan, and specific suggestions for local action. Stay tuned for more on progress to implement Reaching Equal Justice and how to get involved. We welcome your help in achieving our ambitious goals. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014/15 Access to Justice Committee Members:
Chair: John Sims, Ottawa
Vice Chair: Sarah Lugtig, Winnipeg
Doug Ferguson, London
Gillian Marriott, Calgary
Michèle Moreau, Montreal
Ed Montigny, Toronto (ex officio)
Nicole Sarauer, Regina (ex officio)
Gaylene Schellenberg, CBA Project Director, Ottawa