Too often, the justice system is overloaded as it attempts to address challenges for which it was not designed. As a result, people struggling with poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and addiction, find themselves in a justice system that cannot provide them with the resources they need.
Outside a busy courtroom, phones ring off the hook, lawyers and their clients stride in and out of the swinging doors.
Often overlooked, women with disabilities can experience unique types of abuse. According to one study, women with disabilities are two times as likely to report severe physical violence.
The justice system has become a funnel for a wide range of societal problems. In Hamilton, as in other communities, the justice system is overloaded; attempting to deal with challenges for which it was not designed and is not best suited to address.
Part of what access to justice means is making legal services better available to people where they can get to them.
While Ontario law mandates that court services be available in French in designated areas of the province, the reality can sometimes be quite different.
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) has organized the second annual Access to Justice Week from October 23 to 27. Last year’s inaugural program worked with a range of partners to diversify participants in the access to justice conversation. This year, we are keeping the momentum going with learning and engagement opportunities that spark dialogue about meaningful justice system improvements.
Last year, The Action Group on Access to Justice, also known as TAG, organized Ontario’s first Access to Justice Week. It presented a unique opportunity to bring together diverse problem solvers from across the province to examine different elements of access to justice crisis.
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services policy requires all calls from inmates to be collect calls. The cost of these calls are passed along to families and lawyers.
Over the last several months, Legal Aid Ontario has been talking to people in the community about issues related to its Racialized Communities Strategy. Through it all, we have heard one concern raised again and again by community members, community agencies and staff at community legal clinics: more needs to be done to support children in conflict with the education system.
As we celebrate National Aboriginal Day, LAO remains committed to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We are proud to repost this piece about the TRC and the work that was still ahead when it was written in 2015, and that still remains ahead even today.