FOLRAC, which includes seven law reform organizations across Canada, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, generally makes its recommendations to the justice minister, Howie says. “Having a federal law reform agency is excellent in terms of both questions of national significance, or [for] matters that fall exclusively under federal jurisdiction and that provincial law reform agencies generally do not address.
Whatever topics they choose to review, what’s important is that the work is independent, transparent, collaborative and multidisciplinary, explains Thomas. It’s “not just about writing lawyers and people in the justice system, but really working outside the box and speaking to a much wider range of stakeholders and parties than in a consultation. typical of the judicial system ”.
This work will be “forward looking” rather than simply solving the problems of today, adds Thomas, examining the legal problems the government should respond to, such as technological changes in the justice system.
The four issues mentioned in the press release are the ones the Law Society of Ontario is working on, he said, and are all “serious, important and costly issues, not just in Canada, but around the world.”
It has been an interesting time for law reform in Canada over the past two years, says Howie. Quebec has launched a law reform body, the Quebec Institute for Law and Justice Reform, in 2019, and the Nova Scotia Institute of Access to Justice and Law Reform, which was “renewed”, has also been revitalized, she adds.