February 9, 2011
TORONTO, ON – The University of Toronto Faculty of Law will host the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Thursday, February 10, 2011, as part of its Middle Income Access to Civil Justice Initiative. Madam Chief Justice McLachlin will speak on this issue at 5 pm. She will be introduced by The Honourable Attorney General of Ontario Chris Bentley.
While many lower income earners can draw on government-supported legal aid, middle-class Canadians are increasingly unable to pay the sky-rocketing costs of civil (non-criminal) legal matters. This university-based initiative, unique to UofT law school, is the first concerted effort to tackle this middle income access to justice problem, and could have far-reaching impact right across Canada. It brings together experts on access to justice from across Canada, the UK, Australia, and the United States, and aims to generate proposals for addressing the increasing inability of most middle-class Canadians to afford to pay for civil legal services.
WHAT: Remarks on middle-income access to justice issue by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C
Introduction and brief remarks by The Honourable Attorney General of Ontario Chris Bentley
WHY: Hosted by the University of Toronto Faculty of Law as part of its Middle Income Access to Civil Justice Initiative
WHEN: Thurs. Feb. 10, 2011, 5:00 pm
WHERE: 1 Devonshire Place (The Munk School of Global Affairs Building–South Wing)
University of Toronto, St. George (Downtown) campus
For more information, please contact:
University of Toronto
Faculty of Law
Director, External Relations