Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cyberjustice – the future of justice? A visit to University of Montreal’s Cyberjustice lab.

Shortly after arriving at University of Montreal’s Faculty of Law, I am escorted into a long and narrow observation room. End-to-end tables in the darkened space support two banks of monitors, tended to by a hushed but friendly staff. Across the two-way glass, a mock trial unfolds in a courtroom that is specially designed for […]

Achieving inclusion in family law and child protection

What would you do if you had a client with a mental disability who wanted to fight for custody of her child … or a developmentally handicapped adult client who wanted to make decisions about his own care? With the implementation of standards for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA), accommodating clients with disabilities […]

HIV-AIDS ribbon on a blue background ... symbole de la lutte contre le VIH/sida, sur fond bleu

Ryan Peck: HIV/AIDS and the need for specialized services

By Ryan Peck “The full realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all is an essential element in the global response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.” UN General Assembly, Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS, 2 June 2006 Being diagnosed HIV-positive is overwhelming.  Combined with the poverty, stigma and discrimination that it can bring, it can […]

Andrew Pilliar: what will you do about access to justice this year?

By Andrew Pilliar ( image source) We don’t have an access to justice crisis in Canada.* The Oxford English Dictionary offers this definition for “crisis”: “A vitally important or decisive stage in the progress of anything; a turning-point… “ Don’t get me wrong.  I am not saying that access to justice problems don’t daily plague the lives […]