The Cost of Justice (1:27:06)

2:45 – 4:15 pm  The Cost of Justice

This session will present the findings of a major survey about Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada done by the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ). It is the first national survey in almost ten years to measure the frequency and ways in which members of the Canadian public experience everyday legal problems. It is also the first survey of its kind to explore what these problems cost, not only in dollars, but also to the state and to the physical and mental health of the public who use our justice system.

This session will also explore a new research project called the Access to Law and Justice Project (ADAJ – from the French acronym). The ADAJ team has 34 co-researchers and 44 partners such as institutions, professional associations, community organizations (NGOs) and academia. The project includes 20 different research projects through empirical study on the realities of access to law and justice, and the development of innovative practices with pilot projects developed with partners.


  • Ms. Nicole Aylwin, Research Fellow, Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Toronto


  • Professor Trevor Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School, President of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Toronto
  • Professor Lesley Jacobs, Director of the Institute for Social Research, York University, Toronto
  • Professor Pierre Noreau, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal