Online Dispute Resolution for Low Value Civil Claims

This is the first report of the ODR Advisory Group of the Civil Justice Council. The group was set up on 25th April 2014, with terms of reference that can be found in Appendix 1 of the report. In broad terms, their remit is to explore the potential of ODR (online dispute resolution) for civil disputes of value less than £25,000. The membership of the group is laid out in Appendix 2 of the report.

Click to access Online-Dispute-Resolution-Final-Web-Version1.pdf

Great ERSS Example!

The Halton Community Legal Services, with funding from the Legal Aid Ontario’s Fund to Strengthen Capacity of Legal Clinics, has developed the Legal Health Check-Up Project. This initiative focuses on being proactive rather than reactive to everyday legal problems. The “check-up”, which can be accessed here, helps those living in poverty get help they need to solve their problems before litigation becomes necessary. The clinic points out that many people do not easily identify their problems as legal ones and often do not get help, which sometimes leads to other problems.

This initiative is currently moving into a preliminary phase to collect data while actively providing services. A list of participating clinics can be found here.

Ab Currie, Senior Research Fellow at the CFCJ, has written a blog post about this initiative on the A2J Blog.

Transforming Ideas into Action: A Special Edition of the CFCJ Newsletter

By: Nicole Aylwin

Since the release of the Action Committee’s Final Report last October, justice stakeholders across the country have taken up the challenge to find new ways to innovate, collaborate and inspire others to increase access to justice. Last week the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice published a special edition of its newsletter dedicated to profiling emerging A2J initiatives across the country.

Read the special edition here.

BC Family Justice Social Lab

By: Nicole Aylwin

An exciting new approach to addressing access to justice issues in BC’s family justice system is underway!

Read about BC’s pioneering Family Justice Social Lab in Kari D. Boyle’s great SLAW post.

The idea for the BC Family Justice Social Lab grew out of a two-day workshop funded by the BC Law Foundation/Legal Services Society Research Fund and facilitated by Adam Kahane and Monica Pohlmann of Reos Partners.

Some resources from this workshop are attached to this post as a pdf document.