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OCTOBER 2016

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The "Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report", published on the CFCJ website here, discusses the frequency of seventeen different civil and family justice problems experienced by Canadians, as well as the costs to Canadians and to the State of having an everyday legal problem.

We are thrilled to announce the publication of several "Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada" fact sheets, aimed at providing further detail on the incidences of the seventeen problem categories discussed in the Overview Report. The data in these fact sheets was gathered from our Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada Survey (available on the CFCJ website here). The fact sheets offer information on the following problem types: Consumer, Debt, Employment, Neighbour, Discrimination, Family (Relationship Breakdown), Wills and Incapacity, Medical Treatment, Housing, Personal Injury, Treatment by Police (and Criminal Charges), Family (Other), Disability Assistance, Threat of Legal Action, Social Assistance and Immigration.

For information on other outputs from the CFCJ's "Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada" study, visit the CFCJ website at: www.cfcj-fcjc.org/cost-of-justice

CIVIL JUSTICE AND ECONOMICS : A MATTER OF VALUE
 JUSTICE CIVILE ET ÉCONOMIE : UNE QUESTION DE VALEUR

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice is thrilled to partner with the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) for the upcoming Civil Justice and Economics: A Matter of Value conference. The conference will take place from October 5-7 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in Ottawa and will include a series of panels and presentations on the ways that economic concepts can help us to understand and assess the effectiveness of the decisions stakeholders and key players make in the administration of justice. We look forward to discussing our Cost of Justice project, hearing from other expert panelists and, sharing in conversations around this theme.

To view the full conference program or to register, visit the conference page here.

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Le Forum canadien sur la justice civile (FCJC) est très heureux de travailler en partenariat avec L’Institut canadien d’administration de la justice (ICAJ) pour la conférence << Justice civile et économie : une question de valeur >>. La conférence aura lieu du 5 au 7 octobre au Fairmont Château Laurier à Ottawa. Cette conférence part du principe que les concepts économiques pourraient les aider à mieux évaluer les conséquences de leurs actions et l’efficacité de leurs choix et décisions, tant sur le plan économique que social. Nous avons hâte d'en discuter notre projet sur le thème des coûts de la justice au Canada et d’échanger avec divers intervenants pour la justice sur le sujet de la justice civile et économie.

Pour télécharger le programme de la conférence ou pour s’inscrire, cliquez ici.

NUDGING THE PARADIGM SHIFT: EVERYDAY LEGAL PROBLEMS IN CANADA

How do we define a legal problem? What is meant by justice and access to justice? What ought to be encompassed within the concept of a justice system? In "Nudging the Paradigm Shift, Everyday Legal Problems in Canada", Dr. Ab Currie, Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, discusses the responses to these questions in the context of legal need and frequently occurring everyday legal problems. He highlights a methodological approach that moves beyond problem resolution solely through the formal justice system and instead invites a more holistic way of viewing and delivering access to justice that considers both social and legal needs. What is needed for this paradigm shift to occur? Read Dr. Currie's paper in full here.

EVERYDAY LEGAL PROBLEMS AND THE COST OF JUSTICE IN CANADA INFOGRAPHIC

Our most recent infographic provides an overview of some of the key concepts presented in our "Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada: Overview Report". Essentially all of us will experience at least one significant everyday legal problem over the course of our lifetime. Experiencing and trying to resolve these problems can be costly. View our Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada infographic here for an outline of why this presents a serious problem for the public, the State and access to justice in Canada. An animated version of this infographic is forthcoming.

THANK YOU

We at the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice would like to express our sincere gratitude to the following provincial departments and ministries for supporting our 2016 fundraising campaign:

Your support is vital to our access to justice research efforts and it also allows us to disseminate information that highlights opportunities for a more inclusive justice system.
We are immensely grateful.
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