CREATE Justice was established in 2016 in response to 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 Reportcalled 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 (see:Access to Civil and Family Justice: A Roadmap for Change).  At the local level, CREATE Justicewas motivated by members of the Dean’s Forum.