We are a community of students directed to explore and analyze the layout of the legal system in Canada. While engaging in on-going discussions with all stakeholders, we hope to bring to light some strategies and potential solutions to solving the major barrier to accessing justice: the cost of justice. With your help, contributions, and engagement, we ultimately aim to advocate for a solution aligned with the voice of the people.
TOPICS WE COVER
“In Ontario and most other Canadian jurisdictions, the losing party in a legal action faces the possibility of being ordered to pay for some or all of the winning party’s legal costs and disbursements.”
Sotos LLP / Read Full Article
Fixed Costs / Flat-Fee / AFA
“…billing for legal services at a flat rate. In this billing method, the fee is determined and stipulated in the engagement letter, before the assignment even begins.”
Canadian Bar Association / Read Full Article
Access to Justice
“…access to justice encompasses the need to advocate for people who cannot afford lawyers, but also focuses on the inadequacies and limitations of the legal aid system… [It includes calling] for holistic solutions to legal problems .”
Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre / Read Full Article
Alternative DIspute REsolution
“Alternative Dispute Resolution refers to any means of settling disputes outside of the courtroom. ADR typically includes… mediation, and arbitration.”
Legal Information Institute / Read Full Article
We are actively looking for contributors to become part of our community as we explore the world of legal-cost insurance and its application here in Canada. Topics include access to justice, Alternative fee arrangements, loser-pays system and its affects on justice, and policy considerations in regards to legal-cost insurance. If you’re interested, or have a piece you’d like to publish, reach out to us now!
Events in legal innovation take place across the GTA. Here is a list of up-coming events in our calendar. Come out and meet one of our representatives there!
If you have any input you’d like to make on a topic, reach out to us. We’d love to hear from you all stakeholders involved in the Canadian justice system.