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JDG 1 ADDRESS EVERYDAY LEGAL PROBLEMS

Recommendation 1: EDUCATE EARLY – Provide targeted, free, accessible public legal education about frequent legal issues, different types of solutions and the process of enforcing rights.


JDG 1 ADDRESS EVERYDAY LEGAL PROBLEMS

Recommendation 2: PREVENT – Foster legal capability so that people can spot legal issues early, get preventative or proactive help and anticipate, avoid or manage frequent legal issues.


JDG 1 ADDRESS EVERYDAY LEGAL PROBLEMS

Recommendation 3: OFFER A CONTINUUM OF SERVICES – Develop and expand legal services to include the full continuum of information, advice, help lines, online services, in-person services, and partial or full representation.


JDG 1 ADDRESS EVERYDAY LEGAL PROBLEMS

Recommendation 4: REFLECT CANADIAN SOCIETY – Put the services people need in the communities where they live with the resources to address the barriers they face.


JDG 2 MEET LEGAL NEEDS

Recommendation 5: FOCUS ON LEGAL NEEDS FOR EVERYONE – Focus on addressing service gaps for basic, essential legal services including family law, wills, employment, housing and consumer issues.


JDG 2 MEET LEGAL NEEDS

Recommendation 6: ENCOURAGE INNOVATION – Develop and expand alternative ways to get legal help including different kinds of professionals, partnerships or ways of doing business.


JDG 2 MEET LEGAL NEEDS

Recommendation 7: EXPAND SCOPE OF LEGAL AID – Make legal aid available to more people and for a wider range of legal problems.


JDG 2 MEET LEGAL NEEDS

Recommendation 8: FOCUS ON ACCESS TO JUSTICE – Emphasize the responsibility of lawyers and paralegals to fill access to justice gaps.


JDG 3 MAKE COURTS WORK BETTER

Recommendation 9: ENSURE ACCESS TO COURTS – Courts must be adequately staffed and located where people live to make sure people can get access to a judge when needed, especially when fundamental and constitutional rights are at stake


JDG 3 MAKE COURTS WORK BETTER

Recommendation 10: PROMOTE MULTI SERVICE CENTRES – Courthouses should offer mediation, dispute resolution, and informal or non-legal services to make it easy for people to access cheaper and simpler options at any stage of the process.


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