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 the aftermath of the Vilardell/TLABC decisions in Canada, those interested in court fees and access to justice may be interested in current trends in the UK. There are a few articles on rising court fees in the UK, including this one in The Telegraph, this one in Global Legal Post, and this article in the South Wales Evening Post.
Here is a response from Richard Zorza’s blog.
JP’s blog features this post about the use of plain language in a recent Ontario Gladue court judgment.
This article by Kathryn A Sabbeth examines public interest lawyering in the US, and argues that public interest lawyering should not be regarded as a market exception.
At the Winkler Institute blog, here is an article on the new Legal Information Technology offered by Osgoode.
At Open Law Lab, Margaret Hagan reflects on the “No Assholes Rule” and law.
By: John-Paul Boyd
Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada has just released a draft report for public comment, “The Right to Legal Aid: How BC’s Legal Aid System Fails to Comply with International Law.” The authors argue that reductions in funding leave “even the most basic legal aid needs of British Columbians” unmet, with a disproportionate impact on women and marginalized groups, which ultimately undermines the “entire justice system.” The authors note that the inadequate funding of legal aid has social impacts that extend far beyond the justice system to affect the “social fabric of British Columbians and their economy.”
Read Ian Mulgrew’s article on the new report from the Vancouver Sun.