Family Legal Services Review (aka Bonkalo Report) now released

Link to full report is here.  Public feedback is being solicited until May 15, 2017.  Below is an excerpt from the Ministry of Attorney General’s press release that provides background on the report:

Improving Access to Justice for Families

Making the Family Court System Easier to Navigate

March 6, 2017 12:00 P.M.

Ontario is helping families by making it easier for them to navigate family courts and access the legal assistance they need.

Last year, Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada asked the Honourable Annemarie E. Bonkalo to lead a review to consider whether a broader range of service providers could deliver certain family legal services.

Ontario and the Law Society are now seeking public feedback on Justice Bonkalo’s recommendations. People can submit feedback online until May 15, 2017.

The province, together with the Law Society, plans to release an action plan by fall 2017 to address these recommendations.

In addition, Ontario has asked the federal government to support its plans to expand Unified Family Courts provincewide. Expanding these courts would streamline the family court process by ensuring Ontario families only have to go to one court to resolve their legal issues no matter where they live.

Improving access to justice for families is part of our plan to create jobs, grow the economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 

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