Submission: Who’s Getting Left Behind? The Impact of the Ongoing Digital Transformation of the Court System on Access to Justice in British Columbia

  • July 19, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digital transformation of BC’s court system, access to justice increased but some people are being left behind. CBABC identifies those groups, suggests some considerations to follow, and invites dialogue with the three Courts, the Court Services Branch, the Justice Services Branch and the Law Society of BC to ensure no one is left behind.

CBABC supports the digital transformation and modernization of BC’s court systems. At the same time, CBABC members have witnessed the challenges experienced by some clients and self-represented people who do not have access to the equipment or conditions needed to successfully participate in the court system.

CBABC’s Access to Justice Committee prepared this Submission as a supplement to the Agenda for Justice. The committee consulted with lawyers from the criminal justice, family, immigration and general civil litigation areas, including those working in legal aid, with LGBT2QSI+ people, with Indigenous people, and in small or rural communities.

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