Access to Justice Week Comes to Alberta
Many Canadians suffer due to a lack of access to justice. They face obstacles including a lack of fluency in English, physical distance from justice services, economic barriers, and distrust of legal institutions.
An important conversation is underway about what access to justice means and how to provide it to all Canadians. Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia each have a week in October dedicated to Access to Justice – and now Alberta is joining the movement, too.
Planning is underway for Alberta’s first, full-fledged Access to Justice week from October 26 - 31, 2020. We hope to partner with justice sector organizations and other interested individuals to hold events during the week that raise awareness about access to justice. Events could include:
- Report launches,
- Keynote lectures,
- Conferences or mini-conferences,
- Continuing Professional Development offerings, and
We would love for you to get involved! If you would like to volunteer or have an idea for an event or other initiative, please contact us at: A2JWeek@cba-alberta.org
Some of Our Partners
Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA) was launched as a legacy project in recognition of the centenary of the Law Society of Alberta in 2007, and we are a leader and valued partner in fostering pro bono contributions by the legal community to facilitate access to justice for Albertans.
Calgary Legal Guidance (CLG) is a non-governmental non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to low-income and disadvantaged people. Volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to low-income individuals, provide free legal education presentations and materials to members of the public and take on cases for free (pro bono).
The Edmonton Community Legal Centre (ECLC) is a non-profit organization that has been providing legal assistance to individuals living with low income for the past 17 years. Volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice and staff lawyers provide free legal representation.