“There’s no justice without access to justice.”

March 25, 2011

In her recent keynote address at U of T’s Access to Civil Justice for Middle Income Canadians Colloquium, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada called access to justice “an issue dear to my heart. It’s a fundamental right, not an accessory.”

“Do we have adequate access to justice?” she asked. “It seems to me that the answer is, no. We have wonderful justice for corporations and for the wealthy. But the middle-class and the poor may not be able to access our justice system.”

For her complete speech and a number of pertinent links, read this informative article by Lucianna Ciccocioppo at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law site.



The price of justice?

March 17, 2011

In a March 2007 article, the Toronto Star estimated that the average cost for a three-day civil trial was over $60,000. That’s higher than the income of an average Canadian household.

It’s this rising cost of litigation that was the impetus behind the creation of ADR Private Court. Public trials are expensive primarily because of the number of procedures involved. Getting a matter to court generally requires disclosure, discoveries and copious interlocutory motions. These all add to the legal costs of a case – and to the time required to take a dispute to trial. (In most instances, it’s many, many years before parties get “their day in court”.)

ADR Private Court can provide quick, cost-effective resolutions to legal disputes because its process is streamlined and flexible enough to allow parties to choose which pretrial procedures they wish to follow.

What’s more, ADR Private Court’s simplified rules of evidence mean that its hearings will usually be significantly shorter than those of a public trial. As a result, within months of contacting ADR Private Court, a hearing can be held and a resolution provided. If all parties are agreeable and available, a hearing could even be arranged within weeks, if not days. To save additional time, money and stress, ADR Private Court procedures can also be conducted on line.

adrprivatecourt.ca, Halifax, Gus Richardson.

Augustus (Gus) Richardson, QC

ADR Private Court is owned and operated by Augustus (Gus) Richardson, QC. It provides alternative dispute resolution services throughout Canada.

For more information, go to www.adrprivatecourt.ca