Plan to Put Justice on Target will Improve Access to Legal System



    Government Acts on Bar Association's Justice Stakeholder Report
    Recommendations in Today's Announcements

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Attorney General Chris Bentley's plan to
significantly reduce delays in our criminal courts and increase online and
onsite Legal Aid applications were key recommendations in the recently
released Ontario Bar Association's Justice Stakeholder Summit Report.
    The OBA's Justice Stakeholder Report, which is available on the OBA
website (www.oba.org), was the culmination of a series of Town Hall meetings
across the province and a summit meeting that involved over 150 participants
from government, the judiciary, the bar, and a wide variety of legal
stakeholder groups, victims, parents, ethnic and faith-based associations,
poverty and mental health activists, self-represented litigants and front line
justice workers.
    "The Ontario Bar Association has been a strong, consistent voice for
accountability and transparency in Ontario's justice system. We believe that
the measures outlined to reduce delay and refocus criminal justice are a major
step forward to improving effectiveness and restoring the confidence of the
public and the legal profession," said OBA President Greg Goulin. "These
improvements, being instituted virtually system-wide, will address crucial
access to justice issues. Local, readily accessible accountability measures
will allow us to effectively focus justice resources in the future."

    
    Recommendations from the recently released OBA Justice Stakeholder Summit
Report included:

    -  Dedicate crown resources to address specific matters

    -  Improved access to legal aid through an enhanced online application
       process and other innovative was of speeding up the approval process

    - Improved publics' awareness and understanding of our justice system
    

    "The expansion of online and onsite legal aid applications are right on
target with the OBA's submission to the provinces' recent Legal Aid Review and
our Justice Stakeholder Summit Report," said Heather McGee, Chair of the
Access to Justice Committee. "The Attorney General is to be commended for
enacting these practical recommendations."

    The OBA is the voice of the legal profession in Ontario. As a branch of
the Canadian Bar Association, the OBA represents more than 17,000 lawyers,
judges, law professors and law students across the province.





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