Justice partners launch action group to improve access to justice

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June 4, 2014 - Justice sector partners met on June 3 for the inaugural meeting of TAG - The Action Group on Access to Justice, a forum to foster collaboration on initiatives to make justice more accessible. The meeting took place at Osgoode Hall in Toronto.

Through TAG, organizations with similar goals will connect, share knowledge and build solutions to improve access to justice for Ontarians. The Law Society of Upper Canada will act as facilitator and provide administrative and other resources to support the forum.

During the meeting, close to 100 attendees representing the courts, government, academia, lawyer and paralegal associations, service providers and organizations with mandates to improve access to justice shared examples of collaborative initiatives and worked to identify processes and priorities for TAG. The results of the discussions are being compiled into a draft plan for finalization at subsequent meetings.

"Ontarians need to be able to access their justice system in a timely fashion in ways that they can understand and at a price they can afford," says Thomas G. Conway, Treasurer of The Law Society of Upper Canada.

 TAG is a key component of the Law Society's new access to justice framework, through which the Law Society is re-focusing resources to play a greater role in helping Ontarians with legal problems.

"Expanding the Law Society's role in improving access to justice has been my primary focus for the last two years. To launch TAG, and see not only the Law Society's commitment but the commitment of so many others to making TAG a success, is a tremendous end to my term as Treasurer. Collaboration is the only way we will be able to make substantial and lasting change," says Treasurer Conway.

See the list of examples of TAG collaborative initiatives. See also the TAG report: Legal Organizations and Access to Justice Activities in Ontario (PDF). More information about TAG.

Additional information from TAG partners is available upon request.

Media contact: Denise McCourtie, dmccourt@lsuc.on.ca, 416 947 3362