TAG celebrates successful Annual Access to Justice Week
The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) successfully hosted Ontario’s third annual Access to Justice Week, from October 22 to 26.
A vast array of issues were presented and discussed by a diverse list of speakers from a number of partner organizations. Areas of discussion included innovation in the justice sector, mental health, technology, public legal education and the importance of community-driven initiatives.
Archived webcasts of the CPD accredited sessions will be available on TAG’s website by mid-November.
Justice, Innovation and Community: This innovation showcase demonstrated how community-driven work can increase justice sector awareness and accessibility for the public.
Addressing the Access to Legal Representation Gap in Family Law: Panelists from various partner organizations explored how we address the legal representation gap and showcased innovations and improvements that are making a real impact in access to justice for family law.
Mentorship, Networking and Access to Justice: This networking session looked at what is being done to make the legal professions more reflective of the diverse public they serve and the work underway to move beyond traditional models.
Indigenous Language Speakers and the Canadian Justice System: The program explored barriers experienced by those whose primary or secondary language is an Indigenous language, as they navigate and participate in the justice system.
Mental Health – Access and Ethics: This panel discussion looked at how we approach mental health in the justice system and within the legal professions. Issues of access and ethics were explored, with emphasis on how justice system professionals can respond to the mental health challenges of justice system users and establish self-care habits.
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