Ontario Premier Doug Ford laughs as Finance Minister Vic Fedeli presents the 2019 budget at the legislature in Toronto in April 2019.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
There's an apparent emerging Doug Ford doctrine in Ontario of short-term gain for long-term pain. It threatens to embed long-term structural costs for the province and its taxpayers.
In a political dispute with Ottawa, Doug Ford’s Ontario government has stopped funding legal aid for refugee claimants. This 2017 photo shows a young asylum seeker being held by an RCMP officer and her father after crossing the border into Canada from the United States.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
The recent decision by the Ontario government to drastically cut funds for legal aid will cause hardship for many low-income residents of Ontario and for refugees claimants.
Income shouldn’t restrict access to justice.
An evidence-based measure of minimum income has been widely adopted – and could now change the rules around legal aid.
Doing lots of the legal leg work.
Cuts to legal aid could see paralegals taking on more case work.
An asylum appeal court: a judge’s view.
Inconsistencies in how judges handle appeal cases and different levels of legal provision around the country can leave asylum seekers facing a lottery.
A woman at Yarl’s Wood detention centre in 2015.
It is becoming harder and harder to access legal aid for immigration cases.
Going to court? You’re on your own.
Many who represent themselves in court fail to make it through the process, have their case dismissed or lose what otherwise would have been a winning case.
The UK's family court system is at breaking point.
Couples filing for divorce have an incentive to pin the blame for marriage breakdown on one person. This should stop.
Going to court? Who’s your true friend?
Paul Matthew Photography / Shutterstock.com
Legal aid cuts have made people going to court turn for help elsewhere.
Secret evidence can leave employees in the dark.
Sacked from your job and never told why. Is this the new normal for some workers in Britain?
Bringing the hammer down. How the legal system fails the world’s most vulnerable people.
The British legal system is skewing the odds against some of the most vulnerable refugees.
Differences in personal resources and capabilities mean that the most vulnerable Australians find the legal system inaccessible.
The demand for government-funded legal services is large and growing. Simply "not cutting" these services does the community a grave disservice.
What has it done for you lately? Well, quite a lot actually.
It is bitterly ironic that in this, the 800th anniversary year of Magna Carta, there are threats from the UK to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. This convention is Europe’s own Magna…
The Productivity Commission rightly identified widespread concerns that Australia’s civil justice system is too slow, too expensive and too adversarial.
The Productivity Commission raised a few eyebrows when it called for an additional A$200 million for legal assistance services to disadvantaged Australians, who are “more susceptible to, and less equipped…
The halls of the Royal Courts of Justice shouldn’t have to throng with students.
Law students are doing more pro bono work than ever before. In 2014, 70% of all UK law schools now provide free legal services to individuals, groups and organisations. According to the latest LawWorks…
‘Which way is the door again?’
Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images
It never gets any easier for justice minister Chris Grayling. Every month he seems to face fresh criticism over some new catastrophe in the justice system over which he presides. September is proving no…
Justice a victim of Blue Sky thinking?
It’s been a year since the government introduced fees for workers making a claim to an employment tribunal. The most recent statistics show that this has led to an 81% decrease in cases. This has profoundly…
Lawyers like George Newhouse deserve praise, not abuse, when they go to court to ensure people are protected by the rule of law.
Australia’s courts serve us well, acting independently in their application of the law. However, that doesn’t protect them from attacks for performing their legal and constitutional duties. Similarly…
We should continue to agitate for fairer, cheaper and more just legal systems, after a Productivity Commission draft report noted the difficulties for many in accessing justice.
Half of all Australians will experience a legal problem this year. Most won’t get legal assistance or come into contact with our courts or other legal institutions. In part, this is because Australia’s…