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Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

Enhancing Access to Justice: Private Bar Lawyers and CALC Collaborations

Hastings County Law Association

www.communitylegalcentre.ca/HCLA

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre158 George Street, Belleville, Ontario

www.communitylegalcentre.ca


Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

HCLA AGM - Access to Justice


Understanding the issues special access to justice forum

Understanding the Issues: Special Access to Justice Forum

Supreme Court of Canada Justice Cromwell & National Action Committee (NAC) on Access to Civil & Family Justice


Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

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Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

Private bar and pro bono lawyers

University student legal clinics

Government, Courts & Politicians

Government, Courts & Politicians

Government, Courts & Politicians

Government, Courts & Politicians

Government, Courts & Politicians

Government, Courts & Politicians

Government, Courts & Politicians

University Student Legal Clinics

University Student Legal Clinics

University Student Legal Clinics

University Student Legal Clinics

University Student Legal Clinics

University Student Legal Clinics

University Student Legal Clinics

University Student Legal Clinics

Pro Bono Lawyers

Pro Bono Lawyers

Pro Bono Lawyers

Law & Bar

Associations

Law & Bar

Associations

Law & Bar

Associations

Law & Bar

Associations

Law & Bar

Associations

Law & Bar

Associations

Law & Bar

Associations

Law & Bar

Associations

Law & Bar

Associations

Community Legal Clinics

Community Legal Clinics

Community Legal Clinics

Community Legal Clinics

Community Legal Clinics

Community Legal Clinics

Community Legal Clinics

Community Legal Clinics

NGOs & Law Foundation

NGOs & Law Foundation

NGOs & Law Foundation

NGOs & Law Foundation

NGOs & Law Foundation

NGOs & Law Foundation

Legal Aid

Legal Aid

Legal Aid

Legal Aid

Legal Aid

Working with Access to Justice partners

Creating strategic alignment and possibilities for increased collaboration

Increasing Access to Justice

Increasing Access to Justice

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Justice cromwell the national action committee

Justice Cromwell & the National Action Committee

  • A working definition of access to justice:

    People will have appropriate access to

    justice when they have the

    resources, skills and services to

    address their civil and family legal

    issues.

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Access to Justice “Outcomes” Paradigms

Old view of A2J vs. Emerging view of A2J

  • Clients obtain access to the justice system, civil liberties, equal protection and intended benefit of the law

  • Clients have increased security in achieving and protecting their basic needs, such as food, shelter, income, education, employment, health care, personal safety and family relationships

  • Holistic and transformative

  • Includes social justice

  • Social inclusion outcomes

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Access to justice calc view

Access to Justice (CALC View)

Providing information about the law, legal rights, legal processes and the legal system;

Increasing the amount of advice and “brief” services to help people understand and navigate the system

Providing access to enforcement mechanisms, and appropriate legal representation at all stages of legal proceedings.

Supporting methods to reform unjust laws and to encourage the adoption of new laws to promote justice; undertaking systemic advocacy to improve the legal practices of institutions

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Supporting pro bono efforts

Supporting Pro Bono efforts


Calc pro bono survey 2006

CALC Pro Bono Survey (2006)

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Calc 2006 pro bono survey results

CALC 2006 Pro Bono Survey Results

Many local lawyers:

  • Are quietly doing pro bono work

  • Are willing to help with:

    • Legal columns

    • Radio shows

    • “brown bag” lunches

    • Wills’ donations

    • LEARN legal info workshops

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Celebrating pro bono volunteers 2007

Celebrating Pro Bono volunteers (2007)!!!

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Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

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Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

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Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

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2012 2013 wills powers of attorney pilot project

2012 – 2013 Wills & Powers of AttorneyPILOT Project

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Shared learning opportunities

Shared Learning Opportunities

Collaborating to increase the quality of legal services


Hcla lunch and learn series

HCLA Lunch and Learn Series

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Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

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Tips for family law lawyers assisting clients on social assistance

Tips for Family Law Lawyers Assisting Clients on Social Assistance

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Where else to go for help chart when lao funded services can t help

Preventing Referral Fatigue

Where Else to Go For Help Chart: When LAO-funded Services Can’t Help

A comprehensive online list of referrals in our service area

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Gary malkowski chs workshop on working with the deaf may 2013

Gary Malkowski / CHS Workshop on Working with the DeafMay 2013

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Compassion fatigue workshop

Compassion Fatigue Workshop

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Special Interest workshops

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Working with community partners to increase a2j

Working with Community Partners to Increase A2J

Enhancing the legal capability of service providers


Public libraries project

Public Libraries Project

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Public libraries outreach project collaboration with community partners

Public Libraries Outreach Project - Collaboration with community partners

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Family Law Information and Resource Sharing Workshop

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Collaborating on learn law workshops for service providers

Collaborating on LEARN LAW Workshops for service providers


Learn law lunches

Learn Law Lunches

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Learn law workshop legal issues encountered by clergy

LEARN LAW Workshop:Legal Issues Encountered by Clergy

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Collaborating to create a web presence

Collaborating to create a web presence

A credible portal to legal information


Creating hosting new hcla website

Creating/hosting new HCLA website

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Collaborating to reduce legal costs

Collaborating to Reduce Legal Costs


Family law checklist what to bring

Family Law Checklist: What to Bring

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Will checklist what to bring

Will Checklist: What to Bring

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Tip sheet estate planning

Tip Sheet: Estate Planning

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Collaborating to increase legal literacy in the community

Collaborating to Increase Legal Literacy in the Community


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LEARN LAW Newspaper Columns – Launched in February 2012

  • Jointly produced monthly newspaper columns being published in rural newspapers throughout five counties in Eastern Ontario

  • Project of Five County LAO-funded Service Providers Network

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Learn law column where can i find more information about family law

Learn Law Column:Where Can I Find More Information About Family Law?

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Learn law column why make a will

Learn Law Column:Why Make a Will?

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Learn law columns powers of attorney

Learn Law Columns: Powers of Attorney

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Working with ojen to increase legal literacy in high schools and the community law day

Working with OJEN to Increase Legal Literacy in High Schools and the Community (LAW Day)


Belleville kingston regional ojen committee law institute 2014 law day 2013

Belleville-Kingston Regional OJEN Committee & Law Institute 2014 & Law Day 2013

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Law day 2013

LAW DAY 2013

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Working with legal aid partners to provide more seamless service delivery

Working with Legal Aid partners to provide more seamless service delivery


Paths to justice report

Paths to Justice Report

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Introduction to five county network fcn

Introduction to Five County Network (FCN)

  • Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC)

  • Kingston Community Legal Clinic (KCLC)

  • Legal Aid Ontario (LAO)

  • Northumberland Community Legal Centre (NCLC)

  • Queen’s Student Legal Aid Society (Queen’s)

  • Rural Legal Services (RLS)

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Desired outcomes of the five county network project

Desired Outcomes of the Five County Network Project

  • Clients received the LAO-funded services they were eligible for quickly and efficiently

  • If clients were not eligible for services, clients were helped because they received information about other advocacy help available

  • Clinic and LAO Area Office staff approached clients’ needs holistically and made referrals for other kinds of help

  • All staff were responsive to the needs of the local community and could propose solutions for serving unmet client legal needs

  • All staff could work together cooperatively and collaboratively

  • Members’ ability to provide cost-effective services was enhanced

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Access to justice outreach

Access to Justice Outreach

  • Hired part-time Outreach Coordinators to improve awareness of LAO-funded services to Access to Justice partners in each county

  • Improving referrals

  • Identifying promising practices and perceived gaps in service, and making recommendations for improvement

  • Outreach has included:

    • Court Staff

    • FLIC staff

    • Mediators and Information and Referral Coordinators

    • Private bar lawyers

    • Government information centres

    • LAO Staff

    • Court Diversion Staff

    • Family Support Workers

    • Human Services Justice Network

  • Presentations made and resources distributed

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Anticipating significant deliverables from the legal aid services together @last project

Anticipating significant deliverables from the Legal Aid Services Together @LAST project

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Connecting across language and distance report 2008

Connecting Across Language and Distance Report (2008)

Vision Statement

“Legal and non-legal organizations will work together as a coherent system to improve access to legal information and services for persons who do not speak English or French or who live in rural or remote areas of Ontario.”

(p. 60)

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Connecting across language and distance report 20081

Connecting Across Language and Distance Report (2008)

Effort is needed … “to create a systemic response to access to justice challenges that builds from a shared vision, involves all who need to be part of it, identifies the highest priorities, and explores the benefits of working together.” (p. 58)

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Enhancing access to justice private bar lawyers and calc collaborations

Experience has taught me that justice is not a fixed destination that we reach, but an illusive and continuous journey that we undertake and embrace. Justice does not stand at the end of the legal rainbow waiting for us to arrive and discover it.

-Prof. David Hall (2005)

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Possible discussion questions

Possible Discussion Questions

  • If you could do one thing to increase access to justice, what would it be?

  • Do we have in place the mechanisms to identify, promote and create change?  What should they look like?

  • What can we do locally to increase awareness about what "access to justice" means and its expanding scope?

  • What can we do better locally to make it easier for people to "navigate the paths to justice"?

  • What new opportunities are available locally that are already underway or being considered?

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