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Access to Justice

Access to Justice

Access to Justice

Access to Justice

Published on 25 September 2014
Your Question Period by Senator Jane Cordy

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Hon. Jane Cordy:

My question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate today comes from Samuel Michaels of Thornhill, Ontario. Mr. Michaels is the managing editor of the Osgoode Law School student paper. Mr. Michaels asks, and I will read his question as he sent it:

The Supreme Court has said that access to justice is, to paraphrase, more so about accessing the system than accessing a high quality service (B.C. v. Christie). What is the Government’s position on access to justice rights for Canadians?


I will continue with Mr. Michaels’ questions. He says, and again this is a direct quote from Mr. Michaels:

We hear so much about Canadians who are unable to afford a lawyer, but still above the legal aid eligibility cut-off.

He says, for example, that over 65 per cent of individuals in family court are self-represented. And his source was The Toronto Star. Mr. Michaels continues:

What does the Government feel should be done for these individuals? What services should they have a right to? I am very passionate about access to justice, and hope the Government will adopt a position that encourages better services and representation for all Canadians.


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