Slaw has just received word that the national Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters has placed four working group reports online. The Committee, established by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Beverley McLachlin, and chaired by Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell, was, in the words of the Backgrounder, also online, “convened to address the urgent and multiple issues surrounding access to justice in civil and family matters.”
The four reports made available are:
- Report of the Court Processes Simplification Working Group (29 pp.)
- Report of the Access to Legal Services Working Group (30 pp.)
- Prevention, Triage and Referral Working Group Final Report (39 pp.)
- Meaningful Change for Family Justice: Beyond Wise Words: Final Report of the Family Justice Working Group (76 pp.)
As well, a paper prepared for the Family Justice Group, “Family Justice Reform: A Review of Reports and Initiatives,” has also been placed online.
The Globe and Mail reported in March on the then unreleased Family Justice Group Report.
Doubtless there will be commentary here on Slaw in the near future as these reports are read and digested.