USask-led Access to Justice Week examines Saskatchewan’s family justice system –

“Saskatchewan’s Access to Justice Week is a vehicle and an approach to engaging different communities in conversations,” said Martin Philipson, Dean of the USask College of Law. “The week will provide opportunities to engage new and diverse voices in the access to justice conversation and to highlight initiatives that aim to improve access to justice for Saskatchewan residents.

One of this year’s highlights is a roundtable with leaders from the province’s justice sector on their use of data and design methods to foster a collaborative and coordinated approach to improving family justice in Saskatchewan.

“Solving complex systemic issues like access to justice requires creative and collaborative approaches that are tracked and measured,” said Brea Lowenberger, director of the Center for Research, Evaluation, and Action Towards Equal (CREATE) Justice at USask College of Law, and organizer of Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week. “This week, people will come together across Canada to focus on how data and design strategies have been and can be used for coordinated and collaborative justice system improvements and reforms.

Other events of the week include: a walk-in family law information and assistance clinic and a will information and assistance clinic hosted by the ministry Saskatchewan Justice; and a presentation by the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Law Society of Ontario in partnership with JusticeTrans, on the results of a legal needs assessment on access to justice for two-spirit, trans, non-binary and gender people non-compliant (2STNBGN).

Many more events will take place in Saskatchewan, online and across the country. For more information, please see Saskatchewan Access to Justice Week. To see full event coverage, follow the Law Society of Saskatchewan Blog.