Supreme Court Chief Justice says Canadian courts not accessible
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin delivers a speech at Carleton University in Ottawa on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Sunday, August 12, 2012 10:34AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 12, 2012 3:12PM EDT
VANCOUVER - The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada is preaching the need for improved access to justice for the public, particularly for civil and family matters.
Beverley McLachlin raised the issue on Saturday in a speech to the Canadian Bar Association's annual conference in Vancouver.
She blamed costs and delays in litigation for preventing people from bringing grievances to the justice system.
She says there are many issues preventing people from having their day in court, such a lack of judges, and number of cases before the courts.
McLachlin says judicial leaders across the country must make an effort to ensure the court systems in their jurisdictions are running smoothly.
She says if people don't think they can get ready access to justice they won't have high respect for the law.