Day: October 17, 2017

During Access to Justice Week, CLASSIC invites consideration of what “Access to Justice” means and could or should mean

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By Chantelle Johnson, Executive Director, CLASSIC

“Access to Justice” as a term has gained in popularity over the past few years. Actual implementation, or doing anything beyond terminology is far more difficult than talking about “Access to Justice”. For those of us who work in the “justice” field, it is not unlikely that we hear this term on a weekly, if not daily basis.   CLASSIC’s mission statement speaks to social justice rather than access to justice. We updated it to reference social justice because our goal is a just society, rather than mere access to legal systems.  This distinction is very important particularly as the term “Access to Justice” has become so trendy.  “Access to Justice” means different things to different people and CLASSIC does not want to risk others attributing their subjective thoughts about this topic to CLASSIC or the people we work with.

The vision that guides CLASSIC is “CLASSIC works toward a just society that is supported by a fair legal system”.  A just society is not one where folks merely have lawyers or legal help with their matters – though this would be a major accomplishment. Rather, a just society is one that is equitable and where all members of our community enjoy equally the protections and benefits created through the legal system and beyond.  CLASSIC challenges everyone reading this to consider what “Access to Justice” means to you, and what it could or should mean.  The people CLASSIC works with do not consider justice to have been served when a new form makes their participation easier in court, at a point in a legal process, or otherwise (though this is important too!). Rather all people want to be treated as human beings who deserve dignity and respect.

 

Federal Proclamations

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Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1, SC 2017, c 20

Sections 126 to 129 and 131 to 190 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1, SC 2017, c 20, are proclaimed into force September 21, 2017 (P.C. Number 2017-1159).

According to iPolitics, the amendment makes the Parliamentary Budget Officer a full officer of Parliament with expanded powers, and the PBO a stand-alone office which no longer operates under the auspices of the Library of Parliament.

Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, SC 2013, c 16

Sections 19, 22, 23, 25 to 27, 30, 31, 34 and 35 of the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act, SC 2013, c 16, are proclaimed into force on the day on which this Order is published in the Canada Gazette part II (PC 2017-1207).

Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1, SC 2015, c 36

Sections 169(1), 171(1), 171(3), 172, 173 and 175 of the Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1, SC 2015, c 36, is proclaimed into force September 29, 2017 (PC 2017-1206).

An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, SC 2017, c 14

Sections 1(1) to (4), (6), (7), (9), (10), 8 and 13 of An Act to amend the Citizenship Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, SC 2017, c 14, is proclaimed into force October 11, 2017 (PC 2017-1205).