Comox Valley philosphers discuss affordable justice

Next Comox Valley Philosophers’ Café March 7

Is justice no longer affordable?

“We have wonderful justice for corporations and for the wealthy. But the middle class and the poor may not be able to access our justice system.” – Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

The Cost of Justice project (2011-2016) was undertaken by the federal government to examine the social and economic costs of Canada’s justice system. These results support other findings that indicate that some Canadians, particularly those with fewer resources and those who see themselves more on the margins of society, do not view the justice system as fair, accessible or reflective of them or their needs.

Even those who consider themselves middle class often choose to represent themselves in court rather than pay the high cost of expert legal advice.

If many (most?) involved in a legal dispute cannot afford the costs of proper representation in court, can we be confident of justice?

Please join us Wednesday March 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Berwick where David R. Clark will explore the ways our courts work and some of the reasons why systemic limits on access to justice for the average citizen is a matter of growing concern for the judiciary, the legal profession, government administration of justice and affected litigants.

Clark is a former attorney general of New Brunswick.

Clark will have just 10 minutes to introduce the topic for the evening and then all those who come out can participate in a respectful, non-partisan conversation – or just sit back and listen. Organizers welcome the public to propose topics and introduce them at future Cafés. Themes should be of broad interest and national significance, and have an element of controversy.

The event takes place in the community room at Berwick Comox Valley, 1700 Comox Ave., Comox.

For more info, email peter@peterschwarzhoff.ca

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