This post is part of ourPersonal perspectives on access to justiceseries.True access to justice requires reflection on justice as much as on accessShibil Siddiqi is a lawyer at Neighbourhood Legal Services,a community legal clinic serving Toronto's Downtown Eastside.He is also a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Power and Politics at Trent University.
This post is part of ourPersonal perspectives on access to justiceseries.Justice is not something you can hold in your hand,or put in the bank.It is neither concrete nor constant.The essence of justice is a proper balance between or among opposing or competing interests.Kingston lawyer Fergus J.(Chip) O'Connor was called to the bar in 1974.He opened his practice in Kingston a year later,and has dedicated his career since then to providing legal services to – and advocating for – prisoners at every level of Canada's courts,often on a pro bono basis.
This post is part of ourPersonal perspectives on access to justiceseries.At its most basic,access to justice means an appropriate level of assistance with legal issues for people when they need help to protect basic rights or needs.These basic rights include housing,access to social supports and assistance,education,employment,medical care,child custody,spousal or child support,defending one's autonomy or obtaining protection from abuse…
Ed Montigny has been a staff lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre since 2009.
In this series,legal sector professionals,experts,advocates and people with hands-on experience of the justice system share their views and knowledge about the many facets of access to justice.