Category: Innovation

Unbundling Workshop in Vancouver January 31 2018

The Lab continues to support the Unbundling Initiative now that the Law Foundation funded project has wound up.  Unbundled legal services are a key part of the access to justice puzzle AND a way for lawyers to begin to practice law differently – in a way that meets their personal and professional goals and values.   […]

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The link between social system change and human behaviour

In New Zealand, mediation is mandatory for families before they seek the assistance of the court for parenting arrangements arising from separation and divorce.  Policy and legislation was introduced in 2014 to require mediation because of well-established evidence that mediation was more affordable, faster and produced better outcomes for families than the court system.  A […]

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A Journey Through Customer Journey Mapping for Justice

The National Action Committee on Access to Justice held its annual meeting in Vancouver earlier this month.  Members of the committee and others keenly interested in access to justice from across the country gathered to share ideas, experiences and stories.  On March 22, 2017, the day prior to the actual meeting, the NAC organized a […]

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How to have meaningful conversations about adaptive challenges

Happy New Year everyone! One of the purposes of the BC Family Justice Innovation Lab is to create a space (or platform) for meaningful conversations about how to address the complex adaptive challenge of supporting family well-being as they journey through separation and divorce.  The traditional method of gathering justice “insiders” to diagnose the problem […]

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Youth Voices Workshop – a First Step in Justice Design

The Lab is moving ahead with the “Youth Voices Initiative“.  The purpose of the initiative is to support the well-being of youth whose families experienced separation and divorce. Research shows that the divorce process can be very damaging for children as their well-being is closely linked to the level of conflict between their parents and […]

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Putting the Public First – Part 4

In the first three parts of this series I described the thoughts I contributed to the Justice Design Project on how to put the public first in justice system reform.  This post attempts to build on that very important theme. I follow Richard Zorza‘s Access to Justice Blog.  Richard is one of my justice heroes […]

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Unbundling: Announcing the New BC Family Toolkit & Roster!

Our friends at Mediate BC are excited to announce two important milestones in its unbundled legal services adventure (in partnership with Access to Justice BC): Publication of a Toolkit for Lawyers and Paralegals (version 1.0); and An invitation to receive more information about the BC Family Unbundling Roster The Toolkit version 1.0 During the surveys […]

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Putting the Public First – Part 3

This is Part 3 in our series on what it means to be “public-centred”.  It is an outline of my presentation to the Winkler Institute’s 2016 Justice Design Project group in August 2016. The third and last part of the presentation was focused on considering how putting the public first is relevant to justice and […]

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Putting the Public First – Part 2

This is Part 2 in our series on what it means to be “public-centred”.  It is an outline of my presentation to the Winkler Institute’s 2016 Justice Design Project group in August 2016. After exploring why it was important to put the public first, the next question was HOW to put the public first. At […]

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