Halton Community Legal Services in partnership with a group of regional intermediaries recently implemented a web-based Legal Health Check Up (LHC) tool. The online survey has boosted clinic intake numbers by 1/3 since its release by helping users identify legal problems and directing them to the clinic. This report, produced by Ab Currie in partnership with the Canadian Forum for Civil Justice (CFCJ) further explains the project.
The National Self Represented Litigants Project blog has this post on the everyday real costs of family litigation.
On the Family Law Refocused blog, Christine Murray has a post on the cost of divorce in Canada and five suggestions to reduce costs for individuals.
Michael Erdle has this post situating Ontario’s expanding use of ODR in a broader context.
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.
The Toronto Star has an article discussing how court innovations in New York and Windsor, Ontario, are helping SRLs.
Matt Maurer has a very brief post here on courtroom innovations to help SRLs, and questions what’s being done in the Toronto area.