CREATE Justice was established in response to both national calls to action and a local recommendation by participants at the 2015 meeting of the Dean’s Forum on Dispute Resolution and Access to Justice (the Dean’s Forum). The Canadian Bar Association’s Reaching Equal Justice Report called on three Canadian law schools to establish a centre of excellence for access to justice research. Further, a National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters, chaired by the Honourable Justice Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada, called on justice stakeholders to do their part in improving the dismal state of access to justice in Access to Civil and Family Justice: A Roadmap for Change.  At the local level, CREATE Justice was motivated by members of the Dean’s Forum

Our focus

CREATE Justice recognizes that research, evaluation, and action towards equal justice requires action-oriented, collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches. CREATE Justice’s research will be oriented towards two general dimensions of access to justice: transforming legal and justice services, and the removal of systemic barriers to justice.  Much of existing research focuses on “access” to legal services and institutions, an area that is extremely important. CREATE Justice’s focus on substantive, community-engaged, social justice research is an exciting emerging area and the centre will seek to establish itself as a national and international leader. 

CREATE Justice will be home to researchinformation, and data related to access to justice. CREATE Justice will help make important data more readily available for informed and credible research; centralize information and projects to better streamline efforts and communication between researchers; and encourage research, evaluation, and action at and beyond the University of Saskatchewan.

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Are you a researcher at the University of Saskatchewan or another post-secondary institution interested in access to justice? A member of the public who is passionate about justice? A lawyer? Another justice system stakeholder? We want to hear from and work with you. Get in touch





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