More than 50 justice organizations agree to a common access to justice goal that puts user-experience at the centre
On Wednesday, June 12, CLEBC’s CEO Linda Russell joined Attorney General David Eby, Chief Justice Robert Bauman, and the leaders of many of BC’s key justice organizations to sign the Access to Justice Triple Aim, which will guide initiatives and reforms for making family and civil justice more accessible to British Columbians.
Access to Justice BC is leading the Triple Aim, bringing together people and organizations from the judiciary, the government, not-for-profit justice organizations and the public, dedicated to realizing a common vision—access to justice for all British Columbians.
Each participating organization agrees to act in pursuit of one goal that addresses the three interrelated elements of the Triple Aim:
- improving access to justice for the general population and for specific groups
- improving the user experience of individuals with accessing justice
- improving costs of service delivery to meet justice objectives
CLEBC is committed to improving access to justice by providing high quality, accessible, and comprehensive educational resources that help the legal profession provide individuals and families in BC with the legal services they need. To increase access to legal education, CLEBC provides bursaries and discounts for anyone in the legal profession wanting to attend our programs.
Since 2007, CLEBC has held a biennial Access to Justice for Children Conference focused on strengthening children’s access to justice by better equipping adults working with children in the justice system to recognize, uphold, and implement the rights and well-being of children in practice. Next year’s program, Access to Justice for Children: Equipping Adults to Support Children and Youth in Justice Processes, takes place on March 5 and 6, 2020.
This past spring, CLEBC proudly collaborated with A2JBC and four other organizations to present An Evening with Gillian Hadfield, a leading expert on access to justice. This presentation on the future of the legal profession was attended by more than 150 attendees and delivered via webinar throughout the province. We are also co-sponsoring “Getting to Access to Justice: Bridging Regulatory Reform and Human-Centred Design & Innovation” with Professor Margaret Hagan on October 29, 2019. Another event that we supported last year that furthers access to justice is the National Pro Bono Conference which was held in Vancouver on October 4, 2018. For that event, we assisted in designing a portion of the program and in delivering the webinar.
Laura Selby, CLEBC’s Director of Publications, is involved in the A2JBC Unbundling Working Group. This Working Group articulates its mandate as exploring ways of “… engaging law students, lawyers, law professors, and other justice system stakeholders in a dialogue about other creative ways to practice law that match legal services supply with the existing unmet demand for legal services.” CLEBC is committed to being part of this dialogue and bringing its unique perspective to educating on creative ways to offer legal services in the future.
CLEBC looks forward to working with the BC legal community to improve access to justice for all British Columbians.
For more information, visit: http://accesstojustice.bc.ca