To serve the particular legal needs of women in custody, some Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) lawyers work onsite in six correctional institutions across the province. They are sometimes referred to as onsite or institutional duty counsel. David Kiesman is one such LAO lawyer. He works at Vanier Prison for Women in Milton.
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which focuses attention on the need for everyone to take responsibility in preventing elder abuse.
May 21 is World Day for Cultural Diversity and Dialogue, which is a day that urges deeper understanding of diversity issues and how we could possibly learn to live more harmoniously together.
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.