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Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C. to speak on middle-income access to justice issue, Feb. 10, 2011

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.

EVENT DETAILS:

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

INFO: http://uoft.me/a2j

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For more information, please contact:

Lucianna Ciccocioppo
University of Toronto
Faculty of Law
Director, External Relations
Phone: 416-946-0334
Lucianna.ciccocioppo@utoronto.ca
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