Jennifer Brun, president of the Canadian Bar Association’s B.C. Branch, spoke with Canadian Lawyer about CBABC’s report on modernizing the justice system in British Columbia. The report, entitled Agenda for Justice 2021, offers over 40 recommendations impacting 22 key areas to improve access to justice for British Columbians. The report also identifies where the legal community and the B.C. government can work collaboratively to move the justice system forward.
The pandemic led to major disruptions in the justice system, but it also galvanized the court system and the legal profession to use available technologies and take the leap to virtual conferencing and hearings. The success of a step that was taken out of necessity has demonstrated that it is possible to move more quickly towards modernizing the province’s justice system and opened the door to other possibilities.
Jennifer notes that, “[we] now have a unique opportunity to make significant changes that ensure access to justice and fairness for all British Columbians.” The report provides a roadmap for capitalizing on that opportunity.
Jump to the report: Agenda for Justice 2021