Today’s the day the Law Society of Upper Canada (orse. Ontario) decides in Convocation whether to bestow money and approval on Attorney General Bryant’s proposal to resurrect the Law Reform Commission
Apart from the advisability of bringing the province’s lawyers on side, Bryant wants to ensure that any new commission has non-governmental funding to make it more difficult for it to be axed in the future by a hostile government, at least according to a report in The Toronto Star a few days ago. The LSUC’s Law Foundation will contribute half of the commission’s small budget, and law schools will donate researchers and other “in kind” contributions.
Speaking of law schools, I’m pleased to point out that the commission will be housed at Osgoode Hall Law School.
According to The Star article, the Commission’s mandate will be to:
- “Examine issues of significant interest and importance.”
- “Develop recommendations designed to improve the administration of Ontario’s justice system.”
- “Enhance access to justice.”