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Digitizing access to justice: Collaborate with those in need to tailor legal information

CLEO ED Julie Mathews says the opportunities presented to legal aid providers by technology go well beyond mere Internet access and racking up "site visit" numbers into the stratosphere.

October 25, 2016

Legal woes taking toll, report says

Michele Leering, ED of Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic, says without early or effective intervention, a single everyday legal issue can result in multiple impacts for affected families.

September 08, 2016

Legal woes taking toll, report says

Michele Leering, lawyer and ED of the Community Advocacy and Legal Clinic in eastern Ontario, describes "...the domino effect — when a triggering legal problem leads to a cascade of other issues."

August 17, 2016

Nation 'can and must do better' say ministers of child treatment

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal released a groundbreaking decision that some see as a precedent for improving chronically underfunded First Nations child welfare services.

February 09, 2016

Homeless advocates push for one final hearing at top court

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario's Tracy Heffernan says it will be "incredibly disheartening for marginalized groups across Canada" if the Supreme Court doesn't hear this case.

December 17, 2014

Educating the early assistance providers

CLEO's Julie Mathews writes about legal training for trusted community intermediaries, often the first person people turn to when they have a legal problem and don't know what to do about it.


October 21, 2013

Appeal court clarifies rules in applying Gladue principle

An appeal court decision on Gladue suggests that defense lawyers need to better explain the circumstances of Aboriginal client.

June 13, 2013

'Window of opportunity' closing to fix country's access to justice

Fixing Canada's justice system has to come from a sustained collaboration at the grassroots level, one of the country's top jurists says.

May 08, 2013

In pursuit of access

Julie Mathews, Executive Director of CLEO, writes in The Lawyers Weekly that, whether online or off, public legal education is crucial.

October 23, 2012

Door open to social housing reform

Toronto Community Housing Corp.'s proposed sale of hundreds of affordable homes may lead to Charter litigation.

August 27, 2012

Elephant in the courtroom: social media

As Facebook, Twitter and other social networking websites become a part of our daily life, great quantities of information, both public and private, are being housed on these sites. Inevitably, this information has begun to show up in court. The upcoming Canadian Bar Association conference (Aug. 12-14) “Snakes in the Grass: Ethical Issues in the Information Age” will explore the growing trend of social media use in the courtroom. How will the introduction of this new technology affect publication bans, court decorum, production of evidence and the administration of justice?

July 24, 2012

Faulty 'Not Criminally Responsible' finding quashed

This case and another like it highlight the need for greater caution in the criminal justice system when dealing with defendants with mental health issues, legal experts say.

July 10, 2012

Navigating without a lawyer

This article reports on the first study about the decisions of litigants on whether or not to have a lawyer.

May 22, 2012

Ruling puts test for Legal Aid on trial

A recent Ontario Court of Justice decision has highlighted what defence lawyers say is an ongoing access to justice issue in the province, as Legal Aid Ontario continues to decline funding in criminal cases where a jail term may not be imposed.

April 10, 2012

Manitoba order to let Toews see who looked at file 'unprecedented'

Should litigants be permitted to find out who has viewed their court documents?

March 19, 2012

C-30 orders called 'Draconian'

Lawyers point out that Bill C-30 would create a number of overlooked provisions that expand access by the authorities to a trove of private information that is now off-limits.

March 12, 2012

Rural lawyers heading for cities

The decline in the number of rural lawyers in the provinces is either small or manageable, ​but the numbers speak ominously to what lies ahead.

March 05, 2012

Smashing working notice

Despite widespread belief that dismissed employees are entitled to a "package," the law is clear that employers can provide working notice of dismissal. It was widely accepted that individuals who had been given working notice of dismissal had an obligation to continue to carry out their duties throughout the notice period, and that if they did not, they lost their right to sue for wrongful dismissal. A recent decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal calls that view into question.

February 27, 2012

Family law being shunned?

If more lawyers aren't persuaded to take on divorce and child custody cases, even relatively straightforward family matters could drag on for many months, perhaps years, experts say.

February 13, 2012

Feds fading in face of same-sex marriage furor

In the case of same-sex couples who live abroad but who married here and want to obtain Canadian divorces, the federal government's rapid about-face on Jan. 13 also illustrates that, sometimes, the court of public opinion is the highest court in the land.

January 30, 2012