Equal Justice - Balancing The Scales

Law. You. Check it Out.

As part of the CBA's Reaching Equal Justice initiative, CBA is offering Legal Health Checks for the public.

Check it Out.

Equal Justice - Balancing The Scales

Law. You. Check it Out.

As part of the CBA's Reaching Equal Justice initiative, CBA is offering Legal Health Checks for the public.

Check it Out.

Re-imagining legal aid

CBA’s Access to Justice Committee and the Association of Legal Aid Plans of Canada are conducting a consultation on national legal aid benchmarks in Canada. 

We are asking the justice community to take a step back and consider what they want Canada’s legal aid system to look like.  Who should legal aid serve?  What services should it cover?  How should it deliver services?  These are all questions we seek input on.  In other sectors, benchmarking has proven an effective process to encourage discussion and collaboration about core expectations, articulate a common view and motivate people and organizations to reach them.

This project is intended to be highly consultative and designed to build awareness and support for legal aid renewal. We invite you to contribute your views in this survey by July 17, and to share these materials with your colleagues. 

Thank you for doing your part to support equal justice.

Take the survey

Background paper [PDF]
Consultation paper [PDF]

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

Read The Reports

Building a bridge to equal justice

Reaching equal justice requires us to bridge the distance from the current state of inequality to the vision articulated above. The Committee imagines this 'bridge' as having three lanes, each representing different strategies for moving to equal justice. One lane is facilitating everyday justice, the second is transforming formal justice and the third is reinventing the delivery of legal services.

Bridge to equal justice
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2011 World Justice Project Judging Criteria

These are the criteria on which countries were assessed:

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