A recent paper has been published by CLEO’s Centre for Research and Innovation on legal capability, social determinants and access to justice for vulnerable Ontarians and Canadians titled: Don’t Smoke, Don’t be Poor, Read Before Signing: Linking Health Literacy and Legal Capability.
The paper provides an overview of health literacy information practices in Ontario to give PLE organizations and related stakeholders information about effective health information practices that can be adapted to improve the accessibility, usefulness, and reach of public legal education and information.
Visit CLEO’s blog, or click here to view the paper.
Dramatic civil legal aid cuts in the UK in 2012 and corresponding effects to the justice system has put access to justice on the radar of future voters. This article posted on LeftFootForward, calls for the Labour Party to make access to justice a campaign priority.
Interesting (and rare) article on the business problems of a Toronto-area law firm trying to provide accessible services in today’s Globe and Mail.
There are a variety of issues tied up here, including providing accessible legal services to survivors of domestic abuse, multi-disciplinary partnerships, alternative business structures, and crowdfunding. The article also highlights a need for more discussion about how to run a sustainable legal practice to provide accessible services.
In March the Action Committee on Access to Justice and Family Matters convened a meeting of provincial and territorial access to justice groups.
The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice has posted a short blog on the meeting as well as short updates from A2J groups in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Access them here.