Canada’s backlogged civil and family courts in ‘crisis,’ according to lawyers group

CBC looks at the growing issue of Canada’s clogged court system and The Advocates’ Society’s recent Call to Action.

Langlois salutes the contribution of its partner Daniel Baum to this important call to action issued by The Advocates’ Society’s Civil Justice Delay Task Force.

Read the full CBC article: Canada’s backlogged civil and family courts in ‘crisis,’ according to lawyers group (

Read the complete call for action: The Advocates’ Society – Delay No Longer

About the issue
The Advocates’ Society has issued an urgent call to all stakeholders in the justice system “to take immediate and concerted action to solve the endemic delays plaguing the delivery of civil and family justice across Canada.” The civil justice system has reached a crisis point. Delays are compromising access to justice for Canadian individuals and businesses , are damaging the rule of law, and are undermining public confidence in the courts. In its call to action, The Advocates’ Society urges all justice system stakeholders to urgently dedicate additional resources to develop new solutions to address the situation, including: measuring delays and setting targets; improving the use of technology; reviewing and revising “procedural rules that are roadblocks”; and ensuring that lawyers continue to support the efficient use of court resources.

About the Advocates’ Society
The Advocates’ Society (TAS) is a Canadian not-for-profit association of over 6,000 judges, lawyers and advocates from all practice areas, and Canada’s premier advocacy skills training provider. Since its inception in 1963, TAS has been a trusted resource for thousands of advocates across Canada who want to learn, teach, connect and best serve their clients and the justice system.

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