Ontario's Access to Justice Week Offers Programming Focused on Addressing the Legal Needs of Ontarians

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Monday, October 16, 2023


Members of the media are invited to attend Ontario's eighth annual Access to Justice (A2J) Week from October 23 to 27, featuring a diverse offering of virtual and some in-person programming for legal professionals, the broader justice sector and the general public, free of charge. This immersive week of educational programming will focus on this year's theme, "The 10th Anniversary of the Justice Development Goals." This week is an opportunity to come together, not only to acknowledge and celebrate the strides we have made in advancing access to justice, but to assess the work that lies ahead.

Visit the TAG website for detailed information about the full line-up of events, summarized below:

Monday, October 23
  • Francophone perspectives on access to justice
  • McKercher lecture series, family justice: Indigenous world view jurisdiction must prevail
  • AI and A2J: Where are we? Where are we going?
  • Making the legal services delivery system work for Ontarians: Research findings
  • Recommendations, innovations and law reform to address the intimate partner violence epidemic
  • Public workshop: Paralegals and lawyers working together.
Tuesday, October 24
  • Saskatchewan legal needs assessment
  • Access to justice in French: A world to discover
  • AI and A2J: Intersections, opportunities and risks
  • Fostering an A2J-oriented legal community: Early introduction to A2J
  • Connecting Ottawa Conference: Immigration hot topics: Building your skills and supporting clients
  • Women in law.
Wednesday, October 25
  • PLEAC Annual Conference
  • Public workshop: University of Ottawa Law Practice Program free legal clinic
  • Going virtual: Facilitating or foreclosing the justice system
  • Are we there yet? Reflecting on A2J progress and the obligation to advance A2J in Manitoba
  • Open access, artificial intelligence and virtual hearings
  • Public workshop: Language rights in Ontario: French language services and modernization of the Official Languages Act
  • Two spirit and trans people's perception of legal actors
  • Are we there yet? Panel discussion on pay equity, partnership and serving the public
  • Roundtable of Legal Diversity Association's session.
Thursday, October 26
  • Public workshop: University of Ottawa Law Practice Program free legal clinic
  • PLEAC Annual Conference
  • Meeting everyday legal needs: A view from British Columbia
  • Enforcing support orders
  • Racial equity, legal education and access to justice
  • Cultural humility and empathy training
  • Creating a seat at the table, Saskatoon book launch event
  • Using empirical data to support access to justice
  • Public workshop: Answers to your everyday legal questions.
Friday, October 27
  • Courts digital transformation initiative
  • Access to justice in the pursuit of international law matters
  • Access to justice in family law and navigating a file with a self-represented litigant.

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