Access to justice

by open-ouvert,
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Access to justice means that people have access to the information, resources and mechanisms necessary to effectively resolve their legal problems – issues that can impact many areas of their lives, such as housing, employment, education, health, and public safety. 

According to the Open Government Partnership, open justice applies the principles of open government – transparency, civic participation, inclusion and public accountability to the justice system. For example, accessible language empowers individuals and communities to understand the law and to use it to resolve legal problems. Collaborative and inclusive decision-making allows people to influence the shaping of the law and helps to ensure legal services are responsive to the needs of the individuals they are designed to serve.

Think about the issues you care about in terms of access to justice and share with us your thoughts and ideas. You can use the questions below to guide your input. 


  1. What is (are) your idea(s) about how open government can help facilitate access to justice? 
  2. What are some of the conditions required to successfully implement this idea?
  3. How would life be different in Canada if your solution were successful?
  4. How might the solution(s) differently impact marginalised or underrepresented groups and communities in Canada?

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