(Oct. 8, 2013) After five years of work, the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, a broad-based committee established by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, released its final report on October 8, 2013. The Federation of Law Societies is a key stakeholder and has played a leading role on the Action Committee since its inception.
The Action Committee has previously released four working group reports relating to; court processes simplification; access to legal services; prevention, triage and referral; and family justice. The final report sets out a broad road map for reform while recognizing that change must come at the local level.
The Action Committee, working with local stakeholders, is organizing a series of meetings across the country beginning in October to encourage engagement with the problem of access to justice and to stimulate action. A colloquium of leaders of the civil and family justice system will also be held in Toronto in January 2014 with the objective of promoting concrete steps to improve access to civil and family justice.