The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, based at the University of Alberta, has announced that it is moving to York University.
The Forum undertakes research to improve the civil justice system for Canadians by:
- collecting in a systematic way information relating to the system for administering civil justice;
- carrying out in-depth research on matters affecting the operation of the civil justice system;
- promoting the sharing of information about the use of best practices;
functioning as a clearinghouse and library of information for the benefit of all persons in Canada concerned with civil justice;
- developing liaisons with similar organizations in other countries to foster exchanges of information across national borders; and
- taking a leadership role in providing information concerning civil justice reform initiatives and developing effective means of exchanging this information
On the Library Boy blog, I have mentioned the Forum on a number of occasions:
- Canadian Civil Justice Reform Database (August 11, 2007): "The Inventory contains descriptions of reform initiatives from across the country, each described according to a standard format that includes information on the purpose, development, implementation, and evaluation of the reform …"
- New Canadian Network for Evidence-Based Legal Research (October 20, 2007): "The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice website mentions a new Research in Action program devoted to [D]eveloping the capacity to conduct evidence-based socio-legal research: 'Historically, issues of civil justice have been subordinated to criminal justice in terms of investment, research and media attention (…) In recognition of this need, the Law Foundation of British Columbia provided funding for a pilot project aimed at developing networks for evidence-based social research about systems of justice and related legal issues. Ultimately this project is intended to support our Research in Action program by developing a national network of socio-legal researchers. Although the Forum mandate concerns civil justice, we are aware that the need to increase socio-legal research capacity extends also to administrative and criminal justice areas. We therefore welcome researchers focusing on any of these legal areas to participate in the socio-legal network events and database'."
- Canadian Judicial Council Report on Improving Access to Justice (June 27, 2008): "The Canadian Judicial Council has released a new report entitled Access to Justice: Report on Selected Reform Initiatives in Canada (…) This report (…) is based on records developed at its request for the new Inventory of Reforms created by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice … The report identifies 60 reforms in the five noted areas covered, ranging from pilot projects to changes that have already become permanent."
- Recent Developments in Civil Justice Reform (February 2, 2010): "The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, a national organization based at the University of Alberta, has highlighted some recent justice reform projects from California, Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta and England and Wales."
- How Much Does It Cost to Access Justice in Canada? (February 14, 2010): "The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, based at the University of Alberta, has published What does it cost to access justice in Canada? How much is "too much"? And how do we know? — Literature Review …"