Access to justice week agenda: Indigenous law, legal aid funds, big data and self-reps

TAG to hold its 4th annual access to justice week from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1.

Access to justice week agenda: Indigenous law, legal aid funds, big data and self-reps
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The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) will hold its fourth access to justice week from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1.

A2J Week is an annual series of events that features panel discussions and workshops with experts engaged in improving access to justice. It is funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario, with support from the Law Society of Ontario.

This year’s program, which can be attended live or through webcast, will highlight new initiatives, offer opportunities to connect with diverse collaborators, and explore critical issues from various community-focused perspectives, according to the law society.

On Oct. 28, a panel discussion on Indigenous justice will be held, featuring Dianne Corbiere, bencher and legal advocate for First Nations, Judge Michelle O’Bonsawin of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Delia Opekokew Cree lawyer from the Canoe Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan and Dr. Beverly Jacobs, assistant professor, University of Windsor, Faculty of Law.

On the same day, researchers from the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ) will present their study on justice investments and expand on their findings from justice systems around the world, including Canada.

For Oct. 29, the panel discussion will be about understanding and supporting litigants. According to the law society, the discussion aims to equip licensees, frontline officers and service providers with an understanding and tools to assist them when interacting with self-represented litigants inside and outside the courtroom.

On Oct. 30, the Law Foundation of Ontario and the LSO will jointly host a symposium on data and design in the justice sector. It will feature a panel discussion on how to build a better justice system through innovation and design, followed by a workshop on various realities and opportunities surrounding data sharing across the justice sector.

Finally, on Oct. 31, a conference on public legal information will be held, in partnership with Community Legal Education Ontario, the Ontario Justice Education Network, and the LSO. It will be a day-long event that examines current and emerging topics in public legal education and information, such as including the role of community workers in helping clients with legal information.

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