“Access to justice is a core Canadian value “ - Laura Emmett, Strigberger Brown Armstrong, CDL President
Canadian Defence Lawyers correspondence in support of Pro Bono Ontario Law Help Centres.“Access to justice is a core Canadian value “ Canadian Defence Lawyers correspondence in support of Pro Bono Ontario Law Help Centres.
November 9, 2018
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
The Honourable Caroline Mulroney
Attorney General of Ontario
Canadian Defence Lawyers ("CDL") is a national organization that represents the interests of civil defence lawyers. Our organization supports the initiative for public funding of Pro Bono Ontario.
CDL recognizes that the cost of accessing the justice system is a barrier for a significant number of Canadians. There are few programs that bridge the gap between participation and exclusion. Pro Bono Ontario is one of those programs. CDL acknowledges Pro Bono Ontario, through its volunteers, allows less advantaged Canadians to have their disputes heard and resolved. The benefits to our system are two-fold. Not only does the program immediately facilitate our collective ability to access justice, but it gives an enviable long term benefit of conserving scarce public resources. It increases efficiency by providing advice to self-represented litigants who, without training, may bring meritless claims, or bog down courts simply by not knowing how to negotiate court processes.
Access to justice is a core Canadian value. The closure of the Pro Bono Ontario Law Help Centres will be a great loss to us all. CDL appeals to our governments to consider funding the modest operating costs to ensure that Pro Bono Ontario continues its worthy enterprise
Canadian Defence Lawyers
Notice to the Profession - Central West Region OntarioOctober 29, 2018
SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE
CENTRAL WEST REGION
NOTICE TO COUNSEL OF RECORD AND SELF-REPRESENTED PARTIES REGARDING CRIMINAL, CIVIL AND FAMILY CASES
CHANGES TO REGIONAL SCHEDULE FOR MAY, 2019
The 2019 Superior Court of Justice Spring Conference originally scheduled for May 1 – 3, 2019, in Ottawa, has now been rescheduled for May 8 – 10 Inclusive.
As a result of the change in the date of the judicial conference in May, 2019 the Central West Region schedule will be modified in each of the judicial centres including Brampton, Milton, Orangeville, Guelph, Walkerton and Owen Sound. The Trial Coordinators in these locations will work with counsel and self-represented parties to make the necessary scheduling adjustments with respect to all matters that are scheduled for the week of May 6, 2019.
As to the Brampton May, 2019 Civil Blitz Sittings originally scheduled to start on Monday May 6, the sittings will now start on Monday, May 13.
Criminal trials in Brampton already scheduled to commence the week of May 6, 2019 will be handled administratively by The Honourable Mr. Justice Bruce Durno. The Trial Coordinator in Brampton will contact counsel on all criminal cases set for the week of May 6th to attend court and set a new date before Justice Durno. If counsel have not scheduled an appearance before December 1, 2018, bench summons will be issued to have the accused attend on a date selected by the Court so that the scheduling issue can be addressed.
There will be no judges assigned to sit on Family Case Conferences nor civil or family motions for any court location in Central West Region for the period of May 6 – 10 inclusive.
In the event a truly urgent motion must be brought, the motion will be brought to the attention of a Duty Judge to determine whether the motion will be heard.
On behalf of the Superior Court of Justice, apologies are offered for any inconvenience resulting from these necessary schedule changes.