An Agenda for Justice - In the News

  • December 06, 2017

On February 1, 2017, CBABC published "An Agenda for Justice", a 26-page document outlining 30 recommendations and reforms to increase the justice system's effectiveness and to improve BC laws. 

The Agenda groups issues into four key areas: Effective Access to Justice, Support for BC's Families, Public Safety & Community Fairness, and Stability for Business. 

The document sparked a lively debate in the BC media. Here is a summary of the articles and interviews on An Agenda for Justice so far: 

December 6, 2017
READ: Bill Veenstra, CBABC President, on our continued call for provincial government to increase both legal aid funding and the tariff for legal aid lawyers
November 30, 2017
READ: CBABC President Bill Veenstra's opinion piece on Restorative Justice: A Compelling Case for Government Funding
September 6, 2017
READ: Michael Welsh, CBABC Past President, spoke to the Powell River Peak newspaper about implementing restorative justice in BC.
August 14, 2017
READ: Michael Welsh, CBABC President, is interviewed by The Lawyer’s Daily on the new BC solicitor general plans to expand restorative justice throughout province

August 2, 2017
READ: B.C. Solicitor General vows to expand restorative justice

(with comment by CBABC president Michael Welsh)

August 2, 2017
LISTEN: CBABC president Michael Welsh speaking about restorative justice
on Daybreak South
(Clip starts at 11:20)

August 2, 2017
LISTEN: CBABC president Michael Welsh speaks with Gloria Macarenko about
the NDP looking at implementing restorative justice in BC
(Clip starts at 1:20:09)

July 30, 2017
READ: BC NDP government seeks restorative-justice system for some offences

(with comment by CBABC president Michael Welsh)

June 25, 2017
READ: Lack of resources, judges pushing 25% of Penticton trials to Kelowna

(with comment by CBABC president Michael Welsh)

May 15, 2017
LISTEN: Interview with CBABC president Michael Welsh on Business in Vancouver Radio:
a discussion of how access to justice issues were addressed during the 2017 BC election campaign and how that looks in light of a potential minority provincial government

March 15, 2017
READ: Surrey mom fighting for child support disappointed court case adjourned
due to judge shortage

(including interview with CBABC president Michael Welsh)

March 12, 2017
READ: BC courts' 'culture of timeliness' on cases can be a lesson to other provinces

(with comment by CBABC president Michael Welsh)

March 8, 2017
READ: CBABC President wants frayed justice system to be an election issue

March 7, 2017 
READ: BC Law Society's better late-than-never legal aid vision 
(with comment by CBABC president Michael Welsh)

March 7, 2017
READ: CBABC President on a starved court system

March 7, 2017
READ: Opinion: Access to legal services for women is an equality issue

March 5, 2017
READ: CBABC President: Justice system has let down Indigenous citizens

February 25, 2017
LISTEN: BC Justice Minister responds to CBABC calls for increased funding

February 21, 2017
WATCH: CBABC President on court staffing shortages allowing accused criminals
to walk free

February 18, 2017
LISTEN: CBABC President on consequences of underfunding BC justice system

February 16, 2017
LISTEN: CBABC President and BC Justice Minister discuss funding of
BC justice system

February 15, 2017
READ: CBABC President on more public money needed for legal aid

February 13, 2017
READ: Better BC justice system should be election issue: CBABC