Episode 68 (En anglais): People-Centred Approach to Justice

– Août 2023

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Episode 68 (En anglais): People-Centred Approach to Justice
Broadcast Date: August 29, 2023


In this episode, host Daniel Escott is joined by Janet McIntyre, former Director of Justice Canada’s Access to Justice Secretariat, for a discussion on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 16, the role of the Secretariat domestically and internationally, and the gradual shift to a people-centred approach to justice.

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  • Janet McIntyre, Director (Retired) Access to Justice Secretariat, Justice Canada

Janet developed her commitment to access to justice over many years at the Department of Justice Canada serving first as Policy and Legislative Advisor to the Minister of Justice and later leading teams responsible for Cabinet Affairs and for ten years Intergovernmental and External Relations. Her involvement in the National Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters began in 2008.

In 2019 she helped establish the Access to Justice Secretariat and, as Director, contributed to defining its mandate and vision – one based on a people centred approach to justice. She has spoken at the United Nations and the Access to Justice Roundtables supported by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. Her background and experience have confirmed the promise that working together, justice stakeholders can support the justice systems essential to realizing sustainable development for all.


  • Daniel J. Escott, Judicial Law Clerk, Federal Court; Researcher & Chair of the CIAJ National Student Committee, CIAJ

Daniel is a lawyer called to the bar in Ontario in 2023, and serves as a Researcher for the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) with a focus on digitization and legal process design. He also sits as Chair of the CIAJ National Student Committee. Originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, Daniel has a keen interest in access to justice and the use of technology in law.

During his legal studies, Daniel joined the CIAJ’s National Student Committee as a member in 2020. Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, he volunteered with and was eventually elected to the Board of Directors for the National Canadian Lawyers’ Initiative, providing and supporting pro bono legal research and services through the use of remote access and digital communication technologies. Daniel also helped coordinate the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law’s community tax clinic.

Before law school, Daniel worked in Ottawa as the Digital and Social Media Lead for Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport. He served five years with the Royal Canadian Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant in 2018. Daniel received his law degree from the University of New Brunswick in 2022, and an undergraduate degree in business administration from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2018.

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