Access to Justice

CREATE Justice Bulletin – August 2018

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From Centre for Research, Evaluation, and Action Towards Equal Justice (CREATE Justice)

The 3rd annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is October 20-26. Have an event you would like to hold or an initiative you would like to highlight during the week? Contact the Access to Justice Coordinator with your idea: b.lowenberger@usask.ca.

In case you missed it, 211 Saskatchewan, which includes a province-wide Legal/Courts tab, has expanded from providing people access to community services online, to also include call and text options: https://bit.ly/2NuYFPf.

Legal Services Task Team Final Report released: https://bit.ly/2wv0a8L.

This year’s Pro Bono Students Canada – Saskatchewan Chapter projects posted: https://bit.ly/2oj0Bzz.

Supporting Women in Private Practice: https://bit.ly/2wsMyes.

Season two of Architects of Justice podcast, exploring access to justice in Ontario, launches on September 4: https://bit.ly/2MzW3TM.

CLASSIC Walk in Advocacy Clinic resumes taking applications again on September 10.

McKercher Lecture Series presents Shannon Salter in Regina on September 26, speaking about “Online Processes for Legal Claims: What the Trend Means for Judges, Lawyers and Others in the Justice System”: https://bit.ly/2N0LWGY.

Register now for the National Restorative Justice Symposium, taking place in Saskatoon from November 18-20: https://bit.ly/2Nv1TSR.

ADR Institute of Saskatchewan offering the National Introductory Arbitration Course in Regina on October 23-25 and November 5-6: https://bit.ly/2wxXuHx.

Read Canada’s “first empirical study of unbundling and its impact on clients and their ability to access justice”, just released by Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family: https://bit.ly/2N0jGnP.

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CREATE Justice Bulletin – July 2018

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From Centre for Research, Evaluation, and Action Towards Equal Justice (CREATE Justice)

The 3rd annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is October 20-26. Have an event you would like to hold or an initiative you would like to highlight during the week? Contact the Access to Justice Coordinator with your idea: b.lowenberger@usask.ca.

The Impact of Changing Technology: https://bit.ly/2Ly9iDi.

Spotlight on Technology – Law Society of Saskatchewan’s President’s Report: https://bit.ly/2LlcGSw.

Survey Results from the First Two Years of Data Collection on Summary Legal Advice Services in Alberta: https://bit.ly/2NXMTh7.

Upcoming Family Law information sessions in Saskatoon and Regina: https://bit.ly/2O47roa.

Court fees to increase in Saskatchewan: https://bit.ly/2uCfLDj.

Professors Michaela Keet and Heather Heavin’s research on “Anticipating and Managing the Psychological Cost of Civil Litigation” featured on Slaw: https://bit.ly/2LbtafZ.

Nominations open for the 2018 Canadian Pro Bono Awards: https://bit.ly/2JA2Q9D.

Last day for CLASSIC client applications is July 30, with applications opening up again on September 10.

CBA launches free information on immigrating to Canada, including tips on the application process: https://bit.ly/2uCiKM9.

New podcast creates better understanding of legal issues: https://bit.ly/2mMpuCN.

Free ID clinic hosted by CLASSIC on August 28 at Station 20 West: https://bit.ly/2msY58L.

Over 40 researchers commit to artificial intelligence project aimed at improving access to justice: https://bit.ly/2v5VrJU.

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Access to Justice Bulletin, June 2018

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From the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group

The 3rd annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is October 22-26. Have an event you would like to hold or an initiative you would like to highlight during the week? Contact the Access to Justice Coordinator with your idea: b.lowenberger@usask.ca.

CBA building free, members-only, online database called Find-A-Lawyer that will help members of the public to find a lawyer: https://bit.ly/2Maeiux.

TRC-Related CPD Activities Bundle offered by Law Society of Saskatchewan, in recognition of National Indigenous History Month. Purchase package in June for special rate: https://bit.ly/2JZ0eHz.

Measuring the gender justice gap: https://brook.gs/2tu544z.

The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) working with Civic Tech Toronto to combine civic engagement, technology and law in order to make the justice system more accessible: https://bit.ly/2MQtm1C.

See No Evil? Could “Innovation Waivers” Help Break Roadblocks to Reforming Legal Service Delivery?: https://bit.ly/2M4oVyR.

Free CPD Webinar for lawyers on Working with Victims of Sexual Violence: https://bit.ly/2ymUmSX.

Congratulations to David Stack, QC, recipient of 2018 CBA Saskatchewan Community Service Award.

Tickets available for “Seeing the Need, Taking the Lead,” the 7th National Pro Bono Conference in Vancouver from October 4-5: https://bit.ly/2KecGm8.

Trilateral partnership between U of S College of Law and Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Indigenous groups in the province will improve access to legal education and create new employment opportunities for members of Indigenous governments and organizations: https://bit.ly/2lklXeq.

Help with family law problems in Saskatoon on July 20: https://bit.ly/2MZUcnN.

 

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Access to Justice Bulletin, May 2018

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From the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group

The 3rd annual Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week is October 22-26. Have an event you would like to hold or an initiative you would like to highlight during the week? Contact the Access to Justice Coordinator with your idea: b.lowenberger@usask.ca.

Program provides alternative for updating child support: https://bit.ly/2sMwF0D.

Saskatchewan Law Courts publish video on “What to Expect in a Chambers Hearing”: https://bit.ly/2Jh9BxZ.

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan hosting Trivia Night on June 21 at 7:00 pm in celebration of PBLS’ 10th Anniversary to highlight the decade of work that PBLS and volunteers have provided to improve access to justice: https://bit.ly/2HhGo48.

New research explores the role of community workers who help people with legal problems: https://bit.ly/2Jn5FPB.

Summer schedule posted for Walk-in Wednesdays at the Regina Queen’s Bench Courthouse. Receive free help with family law problems on July 4 & 18 and August 1, 15, & 29 from 9:30-11:30 am.

The ‘Law Bus’ may be rolling into a northern B.C. town near you: https://bit.ly/2IgllAb.

New TRC Resource added to Law Society of Saskatchewan website: https://bit.ly/2LjGUky.

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan launches new panel on Justice for Inmates: https://bit.ly/2Lm8TzZ.

In case you missed it, check out the award-nominated Architects of Justice Podcast, which explores how people are finding new ways to improve access to justice in Ontario: https://bit.ly/2x4kUpm.

Students from Melville, Regina, Prince Albert, & Yorkton learn about legal system during Law Day 2018 19th annual Mock Trial Competition: https://bit.ly/2JcAEys.

 

PASS IT ON! SUBMIT YOUR BITE-SIZED ACCESS TO JUSTICE NEWS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BULLETIN TO a2jworkinggroup@usask.ca AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SUBSCRIBE FOR THE BULLETIN AT http://bit.ly/29eyYPr.

 

Justice for Inmates: Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan Launches New Panel

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By Pierre Hawkins
Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan

PBLS is proud to announce the successful launch of our Inmates Legal Assistance Panel Program. This program, launched in late 2017 and inspired by similar work done at CLASSIC, provides legal advice and representation to inmates facing institutional legal issues.

The administration of justice within correctional institutions has recently proven to be a hot button topic. While media reports often focus on the use of segregation in prisons, the range of legal issues and potential sanctions in the institutional setting are broad. Inmates frequently face legal issues including administrative charges, segregation review hearings, transfer applications, and applications for access to medication and medical services. The handling of these legal issues can have an impact on an inmate’s quality of life, contact with family, privileges, and earned remission. As a result, these issues can have a profound impact on an inmate’s rehabilitation.

The pervasiveness of addiction and mental health issues within prisons underscores the importance of the proper handling of institutional legal issues. In such a controlled setting, the principles of administrative law risk falling by the wayside. Wherever vulnerable people face decision-making bodies, adequate legal representation is important to ensure that justice is both done and seen to be done. Nowhere is this truer than in prisons.

PBLS would like to thank its volunteers Thomas Hynes, Kara Moen, and Daniel Leblanc for their work on behalf of inmates since the launch of the program. If you are interested in volunteering for this panel, whether you are a current PBLS volunteer or not, please contact the writer at pierre.hawkins@pblsask.ca.

[Originally published in Benchers’ Digest, Spring 2018]

Access to Justice Bulletin, April 2018

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From the Saskatchewan Access to Justice Working Group

CPD Lunch & Learn on “The Big Shift: Responding to Increasing Self-Representation in Family Law” held in Saskatoon and Regina: https://bit.ly/2q8iIcy.

Measuring Legal Service Value, Part 1: https://bit.ly/2FobNAW.

Canada moving forward on implementing the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including goal 16 which promotes the provision of access to justice for all:
https://bit.ly/2HvY80t.

Equal Access to Civil Justice for All: How Will We Know When We Get There? https://bit.ly/2qobiS1.

The “Listen Project” has been launched in Saskatchewan to provide legal information and advice for survivors of sexual violence: https://bit.ly/2Hy3msQ.

National Introductory Mediation Training, presented by ADR Institute of Saskatchewan from May 14-18 in Saskatoon for anyone interested in learning mediation skills to either enhance their
conflict resolution skills, or pursue a career as a mediator: https://bit.ly/2zq0N71.

Elizabeth Fry Society of Saskatchewan to host annual Lady Justice Dinner on May 17 in Saskatoon, celebrating achievements of select women who are making a difference in their community:
https://bit.ly/2GBKZ1j. For sponsorship or donation opportunities email info@elizabethfrysask.org.

National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters’ “Metrics Working Group” working on national justice metrics enhancement and coordination. Sign up for Metrics Working Group news, which will be distributed through the AJRN listserv: https://bit.ly/2HXjq6F.

College of Law and CREATE Justice hosted the second annual Poster Competition to showcase students’ research work and promote access to legal information for all: https://bit.ly/2IzLgTp.

Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2018: https://bit.ly/2jceY63.

 

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The Listen Project – Helping Survivors of Sexual Violence Find their Voice

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By Joel Janow
Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA)

With funding support from Justice Canada, Saskatchewan Justice has partnered with the Public Legal Education Association (PLEA) to pilot a program to provide free legal information/advice to survivors of sexual violence.

Under the program survivors of sexual violence that took place in Saskatchewan can receive up to 2 hours of legal information and advice per incident from a lawyer on the Listen roster. Lawyers apply to be on the roster after taking one-day training that covers matters such as dealing with traumatized clients and legal responses to sexual violence in a variety of contexts. Survivors can request an additional 2 hours of free legal advice if required in their case.

For the purposes of this project, sexual violence includes any sexual contact without consent including anything from touching to intercourse; any form of sexual harassment including sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as sexual harassment through criminal harassment, threats and intimidation; and sexual exploitation involving children and youth.

The incident does not need to have been reported to the police. The program is available to individuals of any age or gender, regardless of income. It also doesn’t matter how long ago the incident occurred.

It is expected that this program will assist survivors of violence by providing information/advice to help them understand and exercise their legal options, in areas such as civil, family, labour, human rights, immigration and criminal law.

To learn more about The Listen Project or to use the online application to apply for free legal advice, visit listen.plea.org. The program can also be contacted by emailing listen@plea.org, calling 1-855-258-9415 (toll-free) or texting 306-500-6430.