Judges are on the front-line of the access to justice crisis and see its impact on people trying to navigate a system not designed for their use.  Day after day overwhelmed unrepresented litigants appear in front of them with a potent combination of fear and confusion.  Judges and court staff routinely refer unrepresented litigants to PBO’s Hotline and Law Help Centres with the knowledge that they will return to the filing counter and courtroom with a much better sense of what to do.  The result is a justice system that is more accessible, efficient and fair.  Let’s listen to these judges.

 

The Honourable Beverly McLachlin

 

The Honourable Thomas Cromwell

 

The Honourable Karen Weiler

 

The Honourable Dennis O’Connor

 

The Honourable Stephen Goudge