McGuinty Government Releases Summary Of Civil Justice Reform Report

    Improving Access To The Civil Justice System A Priority

    TORONTO, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government has released the
Civil Justice Reform Project: Summary of Findings and Recommendations, a
commissioned report from the Honourable Coulter Osborne, on ways to improve
the civil justice system, Attorney General Chris Bentley said today.
    "The people of Ontario will benefit from a strengthened civil justice
system that resolves disputes faster with lower costs," said Bentley.
"Mr. Osborne's report provides important suggestions on how to increase access
to our civil justice system. I look forward to speaking with the judiciary,
the legal community and the public about these recommendations."
    The summary of the report is available on the ministry's website in both
French and English at
    In June 2006, the government asked Mr. Osborne, a former Associate
Chief Justice of Ontario, to propose options for reforming the civil justice
system to make it more accessible and affordable.
    Mr. Osborne carried out province-wide consultations, researched civil
justice studies and reforms in other jurisdictions, and reviewed over
60 written submissions from legal associations, lawyers, members of the
judiciary and the public. He also established three advisory committees.
    "Every day thousands of Ontarians rely on our civil justice system to
restore fairness in economic transactions or obtain compensation for harm,"
said Mr. Osborne. "I am honoured to have had the opportunity to make
recommendations that will make our civil justice system even more effective
and accessible."
    The summary report contains 81 recommendations touching on 18 areas of
procedural and substantive law, including unrepresented litigants, small
claims, trial management, appeals, technology, courtroom civility and
    Attorney General Bentley will be at an event at the Law Society of Upper
Canada this afternoon to comment on the summary report.
    Mr. Osborne is expected to deliver his full report later this year.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Ministry of the Attorney
General, Minister's Office, (416) 326-6686; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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