Reforming Civil Justice For Ontarians - Support
Here's what people are saying about Ontario's new civil justice reforms:
"We have a standing obligation to ensure that the legal system, as a cornerstone of democracy, remains strong, vibrant, accessible and relevant," said Chief Justice of Ontario Warren Winkler. "Implementing the recommendations of the Osborne report is a step in the right direction."
"I sincerely congratulate the Attorney General and his Ministry on their great efforts towards implementing Mr. Osborne's excellent recommendations for Civil Justice Reform," said Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, Heather Smith. "I also look forward to working with the Attorney General to ensure that, with its increased jurisdiction, the Small Claims Court remains the public's efficient, effective and affordable venue for civil proceedings."
"The Law Society's mandate includes the duty to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario," said Derry Millar, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. "As a result, I commend the government for moving forward with these timely reforms. They will bring meaningful results to the delivery of justice in our civil courts."
"We were very pleased that so many of our recommendations to Coulter Osborne were included in his report and are being acted on by the Attorney General," said Lee Akazaki, Chair, Civil Justice Section, Ontario Bar Association. "We appreciate that the Attorney General did further consultations which included many of our members and that he is now acting on the advice of the profession."
"We are pleased to have had the opportunity to provide input and help shape the future of the civil justice system during the Attorney General's province-wide tour and through CDLPAs written submissions earlier this year," said Randall Bocock, Chair of the County and District Law President's Association (CDLPA). "From such input, the Attorney General was able to build consensus among our organization and other groups on these important reforms."
"Many of these changes to the civil justice system will help to increase access to justice for litigants by streamlining the process, reducing costs and simplifying court procedures," said Patrick Brown, President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
"We are proud to have been part of the process that led to these important changes to the province's civil justice system," said Peter Cronyn, President of the Advocates' Society. "We believe they are substantial and will benefit the public."