Chief Justice of Canada to discuss accessing the justice system at Law Society public forum

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC,
Chief Justice of Canada, will explore some of the barriers to accessing the
justice system and potential creative solutions to break down obstacles. She
will be speaking at a public forum, Clearing the Path to Justice, presented by
the Law Society of BC this Wednesday, January 28.
    The discussion is especially relevant now as some predict recent economic
challenges will make it harder for low and middle income people to access the
justice system, even as many already find the cost and length of time it takes
to pursue justice to be too much.
    After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for audience
members to ask questions of Chief Justice McLachlin and the other panelists.
    Other distinguished panelists who will talk about access issues,
including culture and language barriers are:
    -  Grand Chief Edward John of the First Nations Summit of BC;
    -  Lyall Knott, QC, of S.U.C.C.E.S.S, which runs legal clinics for people
       who speak Korean, Japanese and Mandarin in Greater Vancouver in
       conjunction with the Western Canada Society to Access Justice; and
    -  Sue Talia, a private family law judge in California who will discuss a
       solution she's been working on in her state to reduce the cost of
       legal services - a potential solution called unbundling that is
       expanding in British Columbia.

    The Law Society is presenting Clearing the Path to Justice in partnership
with the Legal Services Society, the Western Canada Society to Access Justice
and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
    Clearing the Path to Justice begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 28
at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU, located at 580 W. Hastings
Street. Journalists are welcome. For advance media interviews, please contact
Cara McGregor or Michael Bernard.

    The Law Society of BC was incorporated in 1884 and is the governing body
of the legal profession in BC. Under the provisions of the Legal Profession
Act, the Law Society is responsible for the licensing, professional conduct
and discipline of the more than 11,000 lawyers in BC.

For further information:

For further information: Law Society of BC media contacts: Cara
McGregor, Communications Officer, (604) 697-5829,; Michael
Bernard, Manager, Communications & Public Affairs, (604) 697-5838 or cell
(604) 341-4535,; or 1-800-903-5300 toll-free in BC,

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