By Jessica Steingard
This week, the big conversation topic is access to justice in Canada. But what does the phrase mean? If you ask different people, chances are you will get a variety of answers about what justice means and what access to that justice means. Jeff Surtees, Executive Director of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta, writes in his latest article for LawNow:
"Two of us can have exactly the same legal problem but totally different experiences because of who we are and everything that has happened in our lives up to the point the problem occurs. … Because there is such diversity of participants, life experiences and situations, we cannot think of A2J as just one thing, having one solution."
He concludes that “A2J is best thought of as an aspirational goal that we want to keep moving towards.” And part of A2J is public legal education.
At the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (or CPLEA for short), we have been educating Albertans on the law since 1975. Our many websites, print resources and workshops provide understandable information to Albertans about the laws that affect their lives.
One of CPLEA’s projects is LawNow – an online publication aimed at relating law to life. Every two months we publish a new issue with articles around interesting everyday legal topics. Wondering about COVID-19 and legal issues? Curious about what laws apply to filmmakers or other content creators? Looking for information on copyright or climate change? We’ve got you covered!
The article quoted above is one of several articles included in our new issue about our legal system and public legal education. Our amazing volunteer contributors have written descriptive and thought-provoking articles, including about:
The issue is available for everyone to read for free on www.lawnow.org. And while you’re there, take a look around and learn a little more about the law!