On my commute yesterday morning, i caught the tail end of The Early Edition on CBC discussing the new Access to Justice BC program. Once I arrived at work I eagerly googled to learn more about the program.
The group involves ordinary citizens as well as members of the justice system who plan to work together to look at issues related to access to justice. Throughout my years working in at the Legal Services Society, as well as my undergraduate education at Simon Fraser University, I became very interested and passionate about issues relating to access to justice. I'm very interested to see where this program goes, particularly the CBC article indicated that reforms could include changes such as "allowing paralegals and law students to represent clients in court."
Another optimistic aspect of this program is that Robert Bauman, the Chief Justice of BC has been quoted saying that "[w]e're looking for action, we're not looking for reports" so hopefully we will see actual change stemming out of this partnership.
Stay tuned for more updates on this project!