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Increasing Access to Family Justice through Comprehensive Entry Points and Inclusivity: Final Report

The Law Commission of Ontario focused this assessment of the family law system in Ontario on the need to increase inclusivity in the justice system, in order to acknowledge Ontario’s diverse nature and address problems that face families in crisis. This report describes the assessment of the current system against benchmarks, makes suggestions about changes, and recommends the development of more comprehensive services at the early stages when people in family disputes seek help for possible legal problems. The report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the current system focusing on access to justice, whether and how the system addresses diversity, early and effective access to information, response to increasing cost of legal services, and the connection between legal problems and other problems experienced by individuals facing family crises. The report suggests ways to improve access to family justice services through information and assistance to help family members involved in disputes decide whether they want to enter the family legal system and if so, how to take the next steps.

Author: Law Commission of Ontario
Title of Work: Increasing Access to Family Justice through Comprehensive Entry Points and Inclusivity: Final Report
Date: 2013
Organization: Law Commission of Ontario
URL: Click here http://www.lco-cdo.org/family-law-reform-final-report.pdf
Topic: Family law
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: Canada
Location of Authoring Organization by Province/ State (unless national entity): Ontario
Availability: Full report online
Language: English & French