Episode 63: Trust and Dignity: What Do Citizens Want and Need in a Modern Justice System?

Access to Justice, Dignity, Human Rights – Feb 2023

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Episode 63: Trust and Dignity: What Do Citizens Want and Need in a Modern Justice System?
Broadcast Date: February 2, 2023


According to a Justice Canada Survey in 2021, only 20% of Canadians are confident that the criminal justice system is fair to all people. What can we do to improve this situation? In this excerpt from CIAJ’s 2022 Conference on dignity, CIAJ Lawyer Nathan Afilalo welcomes Rheanne Scott (Director, Justice and Community Safety, PwC Canada) for a special interactive session on what citizens want and need in a modern justice system.

Note: This podcast is an excerpt from CIAJ’s 46th Annual Conference on “The Right to Dignity in Canadian Law.” The video of this session is available here.
More video recordings from the conference are available for free and for purchase here and documentation from the event is available for free here.
More podcasts on the theme of “Human Rights” are available here.


  • Rheanne Scott, Director, Justice and Community Safety, PwC Canada

Rheanne is PwC Canada’s National Justice Leader. She has 17 years of experience in justice and public safety as a consultant and civil servant, specializing in strategy, operations, transformation, performance management, organizational design, change management, and program management in Canada, the UK, and Ireland. She brings a diverse portfolio of experience in successfully developing and delivering a wide range of programs and initiatives working with diverse groups of stakeholders addressing complex challenges and opportunities in the justice sector for the ultimate benefit of communities. Rheanne has worked with various police services in Canada on identifying and addressing the root causes of misconduct, harassment, discrimination, and internal organizational culture issues to improve mental health and wellbeing. She also contributed to the Ontario Coroner’s Expert Panel on Police Suicides in 2019.

Rheanne is a Board Member on the Canadian Juries Commission. She was the recipient of the 2020 Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) Emerging Leader, and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being. Rheanne also hosts a criminal justice and policing podcast called ‘Just Cause’. Her Undergraduate and Master’s Degrees are both in criminology, and she is a trained restorative practitioner.


  • Nathan Afilalo, Lawyer, CIAJ

Nathan is a graduate of McGill’s BCL/LLB program and was CIAJ’s first articling student. Trained in both Civil and Common Law, he has been called to the Ontario Bar in 2020 and is now preparing for the Quebec Bar exam. He has clerked at the Montreal Municipal Court, as well as involved himself in Montreal-based access to justice organizations such as The Mile End Legal Clinic and the Centre for Research-Action and Race Relations. At CIAJ Nathan conducts legal research on our national discussions on key issues, pens reports and helps develop CIAJ initiatives.

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