Policy direction and priorities of the Advisory committee on access to justice for 2019-2020
Each year, the Advisory committee on access to justice sets a policy direction and priorities to guide the choice of projects financed under the Financial assistance program to promote access to justice.
The committee wants to make citizens the main focus for the projects financed under the program.
For this purpose, the annual policy direction has been set as follows:
Promote better access to justice through the development of coordinated, structural projects to provide services to the general public that take new technologies and new approaches into account in order to facilitate use of the justice system, at all levels and for all citizens, in particular those facing specific access to justice issues.
In concrete terms, the committee supports the implementation of projects that provide legal information to the general public in plain language, using new technologies.
Bodies applying for financial assistance must consider one or more of these priorities in the implementation of their projects.
1 - Members of Aboriginal and Inuit communities facing specific issues in connection with access to justice
Members of Aboriginal and Inuit communities face issues connected with the understanding of legal information, which is not always available in their language and contains a large number of specialized legal terms.
2 – Offer citizens innovative services that promote access to justice
The committee hopes to see good practices and innovation develop in the community sector in the wake of pilot projects and research initiatives.
3 - Dispute prevention and resolution
Dispute prevention and resolution processes can help people find a solution to a dispute or legal problem without going to court.